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The ordeal of the reunion : a new history of Reconstruction

Author: Mark W Summers
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2014]
Series: Littlefield history of the Civil War era.
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"For a generation, scholarship on the Reconstruction era has rightly focused on the struggles of the recently enslaved for a meaningful freedom and defined its success or failure largely in those terms. Summers goes beyond this vitally important question, focusing on Reconstruction's need to form an enduring Union without sacrificing the framework of federalism and republican democracy. This book offers a fresh  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark W Summers
ISBN: 9781469617572 1469617579
OCLC Number: 875742474
Description: x, 517 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The great unfinished task remaining before us --
When this cruel peace is over --
Restoration, 1865-1866 --
Reconstruction at last, 1865-1867 --
Bottom rail on top, 1867 --
The critical year : 1868 --
Two failed peace policies --
Conquered provinces --
Passage to India : unmanifested destiny --
On every putrid spot --
Georgia on their mind, 1870-1871 --
Corruption is the fashion --
Clasping hands over the bloody chasm --
Dead Sea fruits, 1872-1874 --
Redeemer nation --
Last full measure of defection.
Series Title: Littlefield history of the Civil War era.
Responsibility: Mark Wahlgren Summers.
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"For a generation, scholarship on the Reconstruction era has rightly focused on the struggles of the recently enslaved for a meaningful freedom and defined its success or failure largely in those terms. Summers goes beyond this vitally important question, focusing on Reconstruction's need to form an enduring Union without sacrificing the framework of federalism and republican democracy. This book offers a fresh explanation for Reconstruction's demise and a case for its essential successes as well as its great failures. Indeed, this book demonstrates the extent to which the victors' aims in 1865 were met--and at what cost"--

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A superb spinner of tales. . . . An important book, full of details and insights, and it deserves serious attention.--"Journal of Southern History"

 
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