Reconstruction Beyond 150: Reassessing the New Birth of Freedom - A Nation Divided (Paperback)
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Reconstruction Beyond 150: Reassessing the New Birth of Freedom - A Nation Divided (Paperback)

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Published: 24/08/2023
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No period of United States history is more important and still less understood than Reconstruction. Now, at the sesquicentennial of the Reconstruction era, Vernon Burton and Brent Morris bring together the best new scholarship on the critical years after the Civil War and before the onset of Jim Crow, synthesizing social, political, economic, and cultural approaches to understanding this crucial period.

Reconstruction was the most progressive period in United States history. Although marred by frequent violence and tragedy, it was a revolutionary era that offered hope, opportunity, and against all odds, a new birth of freedom for all Americans. Even though many of the gains of Reconstruction were rolled back and replaced with a repressive social and legal regime for African Americans, the radical spark was never fully extinguished. Its spirit fanned back into flame with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and its ramifications remain palpable to this day.

Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 9780813949864
Number of pages: 314
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

“This necessary volume, which features new scholarship reflective of the current trends and directions in Reconstruction studies, encourages new questions and fills a necessary void. It is accessible and comprehensive. All of the essays are fine contributions and work well together.” - Hilary Green, Davidson College, author of Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South“A valuable contribution to the growing literature on Reconstruction and one which, importantly, sheds a bright light on aspects and issues of Reconstruction that have received little or no attention.” - William C. Hine, South Carolina State University“No period in our history calls to us more urgently than Reconstruction, but no period demands closer or more subtle attention. These essays, exploring topics from high politics to literature and ranging from European capitals to Indian Territory, elegantly capture much of what historians have to offer a nation that is in many ways still locked in its post-Civil War struggles.” - Stephen Kantrowitz, University of Wisconsin-Madison, author of Citizens of a Stolen Land: A Ho-Chunk History of the Nineteenth-Century United States

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