America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877

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From the "preeminent historian of Reconstruction" (New York Times Book Review), the prize-winning classic work on the post-Civil War period which shaped modern America.

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.

Publisher: New York :, HarperPerennial,, 2014, ©2014.
Edition: Updated edition.
ISBN: 9780062354518
Branch Call Number: 973. 8 FON 2014
Characteristics: xlii, 690 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 23 cm


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Feb 21, 2017

I learned a lot in reading this book! It is not an easy read and really gets into the weeds!

Vincent T Lombardo Aug 10, 2015

Outstanding! Well-organized, lucid, and extremely comprehensive, it is difficult to imagine a better or more complete one volume history of Reconstruction. It is indeed, as one historian wrote, history on the grand scale. However, the book is very detailed, so if you do not want to know everything about this period, read "A Short History of Reconstruction" by the same author!

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