Second Founding: New York City, Reconstruction, and the Making of American Democracy / Edition 1

Second Founding: New York City, Reconstruction, and the Making of American Democracy / Edition 1

by David Quigley
     
 

At the close of the Civil War, Americans found themselves drawn into a new conflict, one in which the basic shape of the nation's government had to be rethought and new rules for the democratic game had to be established. In this superb new study, David Quigley argues that New York City's politics and politicians lay at the heart of Reconstruction's intense,

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At the close of the Civil War, Americans found themselves drawn into a new conflict, one in which the basic shape of the nation's government had to be rethought and new rules for the democratic game had to be established. In this superb new study, David Quigley argues that New York City's politics and politicians lay at the heart of Reconstruction's intense, conflicted drama. In ways that we understand all too well today, New York history became national history.

The establishment of a postwar interracial democracy required the tearing down and rebuilding of many basic tenets of American government, yet, as Quigley shows in dramatic detail, the white supremacist traditions of the nation's leading city militated against a genuine revision of America's racial order, for New York politicians placed limits on the possibilities of true Reconstruction at every turn. Still, change did occur and a new America did take shape. Ironically, it was in New York City that new languages and practices for public life were developing which left an indelible mark on progressive national politics. Quigley's signal accomplishment is to show that the innovative work of New York's black activists, Tammany Democrats, bourgeois reformers, suffragettes, liberal publicists, and trade unionists resulted in a radical redefinition of reform in urban America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809085132
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
04/13/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1Democratic Vistas (1863-1866)
1After the Riots3
2Black Founders15
3Toward Reconstruction27
Pt. 2A New Politics (1866-1874)
4An Age of Conventions47
5Acts of Enforcement71
6Liberty and the Postwar City91
Pt. 3The Ends of Reconstruction (1874-1880)
7Tilden's America111
8"The proud name of 'Citizen' has sunk"137
9New York Reconstructed161
Epilogue: Grant's Tomb175
Notes187
Bibliography215
Acknowledgments255
Index229

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