The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America's Most Progressive Era

The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America's Most Progressive Era

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Hardcover, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2013, ISBN13 9781608195664, ISBN10 160819566X
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A history of the Reconstruction years, which marked the United States' most progressive moment prior to the Civil Rights movement, tells the stories of the African-American activists and officeholders who risked their lives for equality after the Civil War.

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A history of the Reconstruction years, which marked the United States' most progressive moment prior to the Civil Rights movement, tells the stories of the African-American activists and officeholders who risked their lives for equality after the Civil War.

By 1870, just five years after Confederate surrender and thirteen years after the Dred Scott decision ruled blacks ineligible for citizenship, Congressional action had ended slavery and given the vote to black men. That same year, Hiram Revels and Joseph Hayne Rainey became the first African-American U.S. senator and congressman respectively. In South Carolina, only twenty years after the death of arch-secessionist John C. Calhoun, a black man, Jasper J. Wright, took a seat on the state's Supreme Court. Not even the most optimistic abolitionists had thought such milestones would occur in their lifetimes. The brief years of Reconstruction marked the United States' most progressive moment prior to the civil rights movement. Previous histories of Reconstruction have focused on Washington politics. But in this sweeping, prodigiously researched narrative, Douglas Egerton brings a much bigger, even more dramatic story into view, exploring state and local politics and tracing the struggles of some fifteen hundred African-American officeholders, in both the North and South, who fought entrenched white resistance. Tragically, their movement was met by ruthless violence--not just riotous mobs, but also targeted assassination. With stark evidence, Egerton shows that Reconstruction, often cast as a "failure" or a doomed experiment, was rolled back by murderous force." The Wars of Reconstruction" is a major and provocative contribution to American history.

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Number of Pages: 438
Number in Series: 1
Original Languages: English
Author: Egerton, Douglas R.
Publisher: St Martins Pr
ISBN-13: 9781608195664
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.75 x 9.50 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10: 160819566X
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