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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Or, as a Texan put it, the "destiny of the negro race" could be summarized "in one
sentence — subordination to the white race. ... In the Reconstruction South, this
ideology took a racial form, and although racism, needless to say, was endemic ...
The key to postwar politics, they believed, lay in changing the focus of debate
from slavery to race. The Blair family had long been obsessed with the specter of
racial "amalgamation," and as with Johnson, prejudice led them down a path of ...
... Congress approved the Fifteenth ) Amendment, prohibiting the federal and
state governments from depriving any citizen of the vote on racial grounds. ... that
the i measure singled out "the colored race as its special wards and favorites.
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LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - jordanjones - LibraryThing
This is by far the best and most influential book on a critical period that has been politically interpreted and reinterpreted several times. Foner has the goods. He's done the research and shows how ... Leer comentario completo
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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