Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877
Harper & Row, 1988 - 690 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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Reconstruction, in a sense, began in 1861 when a convention of Unionists
meeting in Wheeling repudiated Virginia's secession and chose Francis H.
Pierpont, a railroad attorney and coal mine operator, as the state's legitimate
the deletion from the new constitution of a clause barring blacks from entering the
state.6 Lincoln carried West Virginia in 1864. But in a state whose boundaries
had been drawn so as to include not only the staunchly Unionist mountain area, ...
Tennessee dismantled the Republican railroad aid program, but Virginia's
legislature granted "enormous concessions" to railroad companies. West
Virginia's so-called Lawyer's Constitution of 1872 barred railroad officials from
seats in the ...
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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
LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - DarthDeverell - LibraryThing
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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