Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877
Harper Collins, 2011 M12 13 - 736 páginas
From the "preeminent historian of Reconstruction" (New York Times Book Review), a newly updated edition of the prize-winning classic work on the post-Civil War period which shaped modern America, with a new introduction from the author.
Eric Foner's "masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history" (New Republic) redefined how the post-Civil War period was viewed.
Reconstruction chronicles the way in which Americans—black and white—responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the war and the end of slavery. It addresses the ways in which the emancipated slaves' quest for economic autonomy and equal citizenship shaped the political agenda of Reconstruction; the remodeling of Southern society and the place of planters, merchants, and small farmers within it; the evolution of racial attitudes and patterns of race relations; and the emergence of a national state possessing vastly expanded authority and committed, for a time, to the principle of equal rights for all Americans.
This "smart book of enormous strengths" (Boston Globe) remains the standard work on the wrenching post-Civil War period—an era whose legacy still reverberates in the United States today.
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... ArkHQ—Arkansas Historical Quarterly ASDAH—Alabama State Department of
Archives and History CG—Congressional Globe CR—Congressional Record
CWH—Civil War History DU—Duke University ETHSP—East Tennessee
There followed the sordid period of Congressional or Radical Reconstruction (
1867-77), an era of corruption presided over by unscrupulous "carpetbaggers"
from the North, unprincipled Southern white "scalawags," and ignorant freedmen.
an Alabama Unionist told a Congressional committee in 1866. "You have no idea
of the strength of principle and devotion these people exhibited towards the
national government." A Tennessean recounted the same history: "They were
The WadeDavis bill, moreover, was not the work of a narrow faction, for it won
almost unanimous support among Congressional Republicans, most of whom
believed that Congress should have a larger voice in shaping Reconstruction
Michael L. Benedict, A Compromise ofPrinciple: Congressional Republicans
andReconstruction 1863-1869 (New York, 1974), 80-83; Cox, Lincoln, 36-41;
Belz, Reconstructing the Union, 236-40; Hans L. Trefousse, Benjamin Franklin
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