A Short History of Reconstruction
An abridged version of Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, the definitive study of the aftermath of the Civil War, winner of the Bancroft Prize, Avery O. Craven Prize, Los Angeles Times Book Award, Francis Parkman Prize, and Lionel Trilling Prize.
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Good survey of a hugely important but frequently overlooked period in US history. Reconstruction was complex, often morally ambiguous, and is still controversial. Although relatively brief, this is ... Read full review
This book, an abridged version of his masterpiece "Reconstruction, Americas Unfinished Revolution" , is the most comprehensive and best analysis of it's period. All true students of American history who want to understand both this period and the where we are as a nation after the Civil War can ill afford not to include this in their bibliography. In my humble opinion, Professor Foner takes his place among other historical giants of Americal history like Hofstedder, Leuchtenberg, C. Vann Woodward and others who have mastered their craft.
His one sentence at the end of his chapter on, "The Making of Radical Reconstruction", actually sums up the consequences of the failure of our political system where Constitutional responsiblities were abandoned for both the majorities political, and economic gain. "And the end of Reconstruction would come not because propertyless blacks succumbed to economic coercion, but because a politically tenacious black community, abandoned by the nation, fell victim to violence and fraud."
For all of the suffering and death, for all of the sacrifices and struggles endured by the nation through the Civil War, I believe this one man tells us what those consequences wrought.
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