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The death of Reconstruction : race, labor, and politics in the post-Civil War North, 1865-1901

Author: Heather Cox Richardson
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001.
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"Historians overwhelmingly have blamed the demise of Reconstruction on the South and on white Americans' persistent racism. Heather Cox Richardson argues instead that class, along with race, was critical to Reconstruction's end. Northern support for freed blacks and Reconstruction weakened as growing labor interests critiqued the economy and called for government redistribution of wealth." "Using newspapers, public  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Heather Cox Richardson
ISBN: 0674006372 9780674006379 0674013662 9780674013667
OCLC Number: 46565122
Description: xvi, 312 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue: the view from Atlanta, 1895 --
The Northern postwar vision, 1865-1867 --
The mixed blessing of universal suffrage, 1867-1870 --
Black workers and the South Carolina government, 1871-1875 --
Civil rights and the growth of the national government, 1870-1883 --
The Black exodus from the South, 1879-1880 --
The un-American Negro, 1880-1900 --
Epilogue: Booker T. Washington rises Up from slavery, 1901.
Responsibility: Heather Cox Richardson.
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The author examines such issues as black suffrage, disengranchisement, taxation, westward migration, lynching and civil rights to detect the trajectory of Northern disenchantment with Reconstruction.  Read more...

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[Richardson] makes extensive use of contemporary newspaper articles, periodicals, speeches, and personal accounts to capture this tumultuous era in American history. Highly recommended for academic Read more...

 
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