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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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 ...
Out of the Union opposition would come many of the most prominent white
Republican leaders of Reconstruction. The party's Southern governors would
include EdmundJ. Davis, who during the war raised theFirst Texas Cavalry for
In the 1850s, however, a growing number of black leaders came to espouse
emigration to Africa or the Caribbean, reflecting both an incipient racial
nationalism and pessimism about black prospects in this coun- try. Rejecting
entirely the Great ...
The area was economically stagnant, but its political leaders dominated the state,
thanks to an archaic system of legislative apportionment that reduced the
influence of Baltimore and the rapidly growing white farming counties to its north
The "great army in blue," remarked antislavery leader Hugh Lennox Bond,
brought in its wake "a great army ofideas." These found a receptive audience
among the small farmers of northwestern Maryland and the manufacturers and
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The Challenge of Enforcement
The Reconstruction of the North
The Politics of Depression
Redemption and After
The River Has Its Bend