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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At the war's outset, Lincoln placed the struggle firmly within the familiar context of
the free labor ideology. Slavery, he insisted, embodied the idea that the condition
of the worker should remain forever the same; in the North, by contrast, there ...
A group of Memphis free blacks condemned the rounding up of "vagrants" for
plantation labor: "It seems the great slave trade is revived again in our city." From
Richmond, several "colored men" drafted an eloquent letter to the New York ...
The effort to create a free labor South would expose tensions and ambiguities
within free labor thought, as well as the free labor ideology's doubtful applicability
in a former slave economy organized around the plantation. The ideology rested
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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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