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Reconstruction: People and Perspectives
     

Reconstruction: People and Perspectives

by James M. Campbell (Editor), Rebecca J. Fraser (Editor), Peter C. Mancall (Editor)
 

This entry in the Perspectives in Social History series examines the course and consequences of Reconstruction on the former Confederate states by focusing on the everyday people who lived through it.

• Primary documents provide first-hand insight into the lives and times of diverse individuals during one of the most tumultuous periods in U.S. history

Overview

This entry in the Perspectives in Social History series examines the course and consequences of Reconstruction on the former Confederate states by focusing on the everyday people who lived through it.

• Primary documents provide first-hand insight into the lives and times of diverse individuals during one of the most tumultuous periods in U.S. history

• Includes a bibliography of key works on the Reconstruction era as well as a reference chapter of terms, people, and events, including "carpetbaggers," "Gideon's band," and "the Colfax massacre"

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Any high school to college-level library strong in American history will find this an excellent blend of essays and documents charting the experiences of a wide range of ordinary Americans in the South. A top pick for any collection strong in Civil War era history." - Midwest Book Review

"An overview discusses the social, economic, and political challenges of rebuilding the South with emphasis on the lives of everyday people and a brief historiography of Reconstruction. Following that, eight essays explore topics related to Reconstruction, including the meaning of freedom for African Americans, white women's changing roles, African Americans living in Southern cities, northerners in the South, former slaveholders' and planters' places in the new society, and Native American issues. Articles contain in-text citations; black-and-white photographs, political cartoons, and reproductions; sidebars; and combined lists of references and suggestions for further reading. The 16 primary-source documents include first-person reminiscences, newspaper articles, letters, and the transcript of testimony before the Joint Select Committee to Inquire into the Condition of Affairs in the Late Insurrectionary States. It is interesting to note that all but one of the essayists teaches in the United Kingdom. The writing makes this volume best suited for advanced students." - School Library Journal

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An overview discusses the social, economic, and political challenges of rebuilding the South with emphasis on the lives of everyday people and a brief historiography of Reconstruction. Following that, eight essays explore topics related to Reconstruction, including the meaning of freedom for African Americans, white women's changing roles, African Americans living in Southern cities, northerners in the South, former slaveholders' and planters' places in the new society, and Native American issues. Articles contain in-text citations; black-and-white photographs, political cartoons, and reproductions; sidebars; and combined lists of references and suggestions for further reading. The 16 primary-source documents include first-person reminiscences, newspaper articles, letters, and the transcript of testimony before the Joint Select Committee to Inquire into the Condition of Affairs in the Late Insurrectionary States. It is interesting to note that all but one of the essayists teaches in the United Kingdom. The writing makes this volume best suited for advanced students.-Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598840216
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Series:
Perspectives in American Social History Series
Pages:
279
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

James M. Campbell, Ph.D., is lecturer in American history at the University of Leicester, Leicester, UK.

Rebecca J. Fraser, Ph.D., is lecturer of history in the School of American Studies at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

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