Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877
Harper Collins, 2002 M02 5 - 736 páginas
This "masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history" (New Republic) made history when it was originally published in 1988. It redefined how Reconstruction was viewed by historians and people everywhere in its chronicling of how Americans -- black and white -- responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the war and the end of slavery. This "smart book of enormous strengths" (Boston Globe) has since gone on to become the classic work on the wrenching post-Civil War period -- an era whose legacy reverberates still today in the United States.
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Was its central theme political— the reconstruction of the old Union, or was it
legal and constitutional— the revolutionary Fourteenth Amendment that still
functions as an instrument of revolution? Was its central theme social and moral
For the state of the field in 1959 see Bernard A. Weisberger, “The Dark and
Bloody Ground of Reconstruction Historiography," JSH, 25 (November 1959),
427–47. and Social Change,” CWH, 30 (December 1984), 330–50; Barbara J.
Radical Republicans and Southern freedmen were now the heroes, white
supremacist Redeemers the villains, and Reconstruction was a time of
extraordinary social and political progress for blacks. If the era was “tragic,”
revisionists insisted, ...
At the same time, studies of Southern social history emphasized the survival of
the old planter class and the continuities between the Old South and the New.
The postrevisionist interpretation represented a striking departure from nearly all
And in the latest shift in interpretive premises, attention to changes in the relative
power of social classes has again become a central concern of historical writing.
Indeed, the term “revolution” has reappeared in the most recent literature as a ...
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LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - busterrll - LibraryThing
Good book but hard reading Wish I had a better knowledge of reconstruction politics. Spot read after a bit, but full of information. Will save and try to reread after reading more on Pres.Johnson. Leer comentario completo
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Eric Foner begins with an assessment of the historiography up to 1988. In the first decade of the 1900s, William Dunning and John W. Burgess articulated a history of Reconstruction that condemned ... Leer comentario completo
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