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From the Publisher"Of all of the available reference works on the topic, Encyclopedia of the Reconstruction Era is the one most appropriate for academic collections. Scholarly yet accessible, it is recommended for academic and large public library collections."
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"This work is a step toward illuminating this important and often overlooked era….[t]his is a formidable collection of data….[a]dvance placement students, teachers, and more serious scholars could well profit from these volumes."
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"This is the first encyclopedia devoted solely to the period of Reconstruction in American history (1862-77). Zuczek, a notable Reconstruction scholar, clarifies the term's meaning. Reconstruction refers to both a period and a process, the result of the political, social, legal, and economic changes in the South and the nation brought about by the Civil War and the emancipation of the slaves. Zuczek and other historians contribute more than 260 articles on persons, concepts, institutions, gender and race, laws and cases, elections, organizations, and each Southern state. Ranging from a page (gun clubs) to about nine pages (African Americans, Andrew Johnson, South Carolina), the articles are well written, and include both see also references and references to further reading. Also featured are 97 pages of primary documents and convenient tables on key military and political leaders in the Southern states, states' reentry into the Union, and the Redemption period, when conservative Democrats retook power. A chronology, detailed subject index, and a guide to articles (grouped by broad subjects) enhance access to the volumes. Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers."
"This, the first encyclopedia to cover the subject, will be a most useful and creative addition to the history shelves of US academic libraries and the larger general collections."
"Middle school and high school libraries are the principal audience for this series of multivolume encyclopedias on the African-American experience. Through the Encyclopedia of the Reconstruction Era students will become knowledgeable about the era in American history (1862-1877), how the United States worked to bring order to the devastated South, and the myriad social, political economic, physical, and Constitutional changes brought on by secession and the Civil War."