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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... situation that confronted him as President, and acquitted the Radicals—reborn
as idealistic reformers genuinely committed to black rights—of vindictive motives
and the charge of being the stalking-horses of Northern capitalism. Moreover ...
Instead of being either emancipated or returned to their owners, they would be
employed as laborers for the Union armies.9 Then, too, an influential segment of
the Northern public—abolitionists and Radical Republicans—recognized that ...
In a widely publicized conference, Lincoln urged Northern black leaders to
support the colonization of freedmen in Central America or the Caribbean,
insisting "there is an unwillingness on the part of our people, harsh as it may be
for you ...
Massachusetts Governor Andrew commissioned a group of prominent black
abolitionists to tour the North for recruits, and other Northern governors quickly
followed suit. In the South, especially in the Mississippi Valley under the direction
It was in the army that large numbers of former slaves first learned to read and
write, either from teachers employed by Northern aid societies or in classrooms
and literary clubs established and funded by the soldiers themselves. "A large ...
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