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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Many contracts not only specified modes of work and payment, but prohibited ^
blacks from leaving plantations, entertaining visitors, or holding meet- I ings
without permission of the employer. Frequently, planters also ., drafted detailed ...
Sometimes, the vote of a plantation's laborers decided between wages and
shares. On one Mississippi plantation, blacks in February 1867 "by a majority
decided to take the money instead of a share in the crop." In most contracts, the ...
with the plantation: "We must divest ourselves of the idea that we can command,
control the laborer. We must be prepared to receive him as a free man, an equal,
and treat him as such."74 Cooper grasped an important fact. Just as the realities
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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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