A Short History of Reconstruction


by: Foner, Eric
Format: Paperback

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Product Description An abridged version of Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, the definitive study of the aftermath of the Civil War, winner of the Bancroft Prize, Avery O. Craven Prize, Los Angeles Times Book Award, Francis Parkman Prize, and Lionel Trilling Prize. Review "This is history written on a grand scale, a masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history." -- David Herbert Donald, "The New Republic""Eric Foner has put together this terrible story with greater cogency and power, I believe, than has been brought to the subject heretofore. He avoids ideological skids, freeloading hindsight, and mirages of certitude . . . Foner's book brings to distinguished fruition one great cycle of Reconstruction historiography." -- C. Vann Woodward, "New York Review of Books""A heroic synthesis that should dominate the field--much like C. Vann Woodward's interpretation of the new South . . . It gives nearly equal time to all the protagonists in the Reconstruction drama and recognizes how inextricably economic, political, social and ideological issues are bound." -- Thomas C. Holt, "Washington Post Book World""A remarkable clarity is one of the many beauties of this book that dwells on so many conflicts and ambiguities . . . Foner's "Reconstruction" is a smart book of enormous strengths." -- Neil Irvin Painter, "Boston Globe""Foner's book traces in rich detail the bitter course of the history of the South's failure to adjust to the revolution that brought the Civil War. Only by tracing that history and understanding can the region disenthrall itself even today. No book could be more timely."-- William Kovach, "Atlanta Constitution" About the Author Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of several books. In 2006 he received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching at Columbia University. He has served as president of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Society of American Historians. He lives in New York City. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. The World the War Made The Coming of Emancipation On January 1, 1863, after a winter storm swept up the east coast of the United States, the sun rose in a cloudless sky over Washington, D.C. At the White House, Abraham Lincoln spent most of the day welcoming guests to the traditional New Year's reception. Finally, in the late afternoon, the President retired to his office to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Excluded from its purview were the 450,000 slaves in the loyal border states of Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and Missouri, 275,000 in Union-occupied Tennessee, and tens of thousands more in portions of Louisiana and Virginia under the control of federal armies. But, the Proclamation decreed, the remainder of the nation's slave population, well over 3 million men, women, and children, 11 are and henceforth shall be free." Nearly two and a half centuries had passed since twenty black men and women were landed in Virginia from a Dutch ship. From this tiny seed had grown the poisoned fruit of plantation slavery, which, in profound and contradictory ways, shaped the course of American development. Even as slavery mocked the ideals of a nation supposedly dedicated to liberty and equality, slave labor played an indispensable part in its rapid growth, expanding westward with the young republic, producing the cotton that fueled the early industrial revolution. The slavery question divided the nation's churches, sundered political ties between the sections, and finally shattered the bonds of the Union. On the principle of opposing the further expansion of slavery, a new political party rose to power in the 1850s, placing in the White House a son of the slave state Kentucky who had grown to manhood on the free Illinois prairies and believed the United States could not endure forever half slave and half free. In the


Product Code: 9780060964313
ISBN: 0060964316
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 1990-01-10
Number of Pages: 320 pages
Languages: English
Edition: 1
Dimension: 5.28 x 0.94 x 7.87 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.57 pounds