Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877

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Harper Collins, Dec 13, 2011 - History - 736 pages
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Newly Reissued with a New Introduction: From the "preeminent historian of Reconstruction" (New York Times Book Review), a newly updated edition of the prize-winning classic work on the post-Civil War period which shaped modern America.

Eric Foner's "masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history" (New Republic) redefined how the post-Civil War period was viewed.

Reconstruction chronicles the way in which Americans—black and white—responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the war and the end of slavery. It addresses the ways in which the emancipated slaves' quest for economic autonomy and equal citizenship shaped the political agenda of Reconstruction; the remodeling of Southern society and the place of planters, merchants, and small farmers within it; the evolution of racial attitudes and patterns of race relations; and the emergence of a national state possessing vastly expanded authority and committed, for a time, to the principle of equal rights for all Americans.

This "smart book of enormous strengths" (Boston Globe) remains the standard work on the wrenching post-Civil War period—an era whose legacy still reverberates in the United States today.

 

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User Review  - LarrySouders - LibraryThing

This writing shows the failure of the reconstruction period. The details of how the former slave owners regained their power in the development of the new South which wasn't much different than the old. Read full review

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User Review  - cblaker - LibraryThing

The essential book on the Reconstruction. Extensively well-researched, the only drawback is that maybe it has too many details and is a bit long. It's deeply unfortunate how the hopes of freedmen and women started so high and they were completely let down. Read full review

Contents

The World the War Made
1
Rehearsals for Reconstruction
35
The Meaning of Freedom
77
Ambiguities of Free Labor
124
The Failure of Presidential Reconstruction
176
The Making of Radical Reconstruction
228
Blueprints for a Republican South
281
Political and Economic
346
The Challenge of Enforcement
412
The Reconstruction of the North
460
The Politics of Depression
512
Redemption and After
564
The River Has Its Bend
602
Selected Bibliography
615
Index
643
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Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of several books. In 2006 he received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching at Columbia University. He has served as president of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Society of American Historians. He lives in New York City.

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