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A dangerous stir : fear, paranoia, and the making of Reconstruction

Author: Mark W Summers
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2009.
Series: Civil War America.
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"Reconstruction policy after the Civil War, observes Mark Wahlgren Summers, was shaped not simply by politics, principles, and prejudices. Also at work were fears - often unreasonable fears of renewed civil war and a widespread sense that four years of war had thrown the normal constitutional process so dangerously out of kilter that the republic itself remained in peril. In A Dangerous Stir, Summers illuminates the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark W Summers
ISBN: 9780807833049 0807833045 1469620154 9781469620152
OCLC Number: 313078609
Description: 329 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prologue: empire day? --
Paranoid politics, 1789-1861 --
Copperheads and consolidationists, 1861-1865 --
Black scare: the South after slavery --
Have we a constitution? --
Do they want still more blood? Andrew Johnson's Reconstruction --
Horrors on horrors accumulate: July 1866 --
Do you want Andrew Johnson for president or king? --
A dangerous stir in Maryland --
Impeachment fevers, 1867 --
If you don't kill the beast: impeachment at last --
Let us have peace --
The wolf who cried wolf --
Coda: the dog that barked too much at night.
Series Title: Civil War America.
Responsibility: Mark Wahlgren Summers.
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States that to understand Reconstruction one must understand that the purpose of the North's war was - first and foremost - to save the Union with its republican institutions intact.  Read more...

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Offers provocative historical context for thinking about the reactionary rhetoric of today.--"Civil War Book Review"

 
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