Essays on the Civil War and Reconstruction [NOOK Book]


This version of Essays on the Civil War and Reconstruction is an historic 1898 version.

The first of the essays in this book are devoted immediately to various phases of the Civil War and Reconstruction and the last essays, while not concerned
exclusively with those topics, have nevertheless such a relation to the legal and political ...
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This version of Essays on the Civil War and Reconstruction is an historic 1898 version.

The first of the essays in this book are devoted immediately to various phases of the Civil War and Reconstruction and the last essays, while not concerned
exclusively with those topics, have nevertheless such a relation to the legal and political questions treated as to justify their inclusion in the volume.

As to the Reconstruction, the author believes that the term to most people is merely a synonym for bad government, and conveys no idea of the profound problems of statecraft that had to be solved between 1865 and 1870. The essays collected in this book were written with reference to this situation and throw light on the actual history of the time with which they deal.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014818346
  • Publisher: Balefire Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 376
  • File size: 16 MB
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Meet the Author

William Archibald Dunning (1857-1922) was an American historian who founded the Dunning School of Reconstruction historiography at Columbia University, where he had graduated in 1881. Between 1886 and 1903 he taught history at Columbia, and was named a professor in 1904. Born in Plainfield, N. J., Dunning was among the founders of the American Historical Association and AHA president in 1913.

Historian Howard K. Beale says the Dunning School broke new ground by escaping the political polemics of the day and used "meticulous and thorough an effort to determine the truth rather than prove a thesis." Beale states that, "The emphasis of the Dunning school was upon the harm done to the South by Radical Reconstruction and on the sordid political and economic motives behind Radicalism. Dunning strongly opposed slavery and his essays explain the legal basis for its destruction. However, Dunning's views were disputed by black historians W. E. B. Du Bois beginning in 1901, and John Hope Franklin in a number of his books, including, Militant South and Reconstruction: after the Civil War. The viewpoint of Dunning and his students was sympathetic to the white Southerners. who they saw as being stripped of their rights by a vengeful North after 1865. They criticized the control over the black vote by Carpetbaggers. "Dunning admits that "The legislation of the reorganized governments, under cover of police regulations and vagrancy laws, had enacted severe discriminations against the freedmen in all the common civil rights." In Black Reconstruction in America, Du Bois characterized Dunning's Reconstruction, Political and Economic as a "standard, anti-Negro" text. In turn Dunning and his students generally rejected Du Bois and his Marxist interpretation of the history of Reconstruction which called for a biracial uprising of the poor against the rich.

The interpretation of post-Civil War Reconstruction in the United States that Dunning and his students propounded was the dominant theory taught in American schools for the first half of the 20th century.
Dunning and his followers also criticized white Southerners who did not stand with the Confederacy during the Civil War and who joined the Republican Party after the war.
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