The Great Task Remaining Before Us: Reconstruction as America's Continuing Civil War

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Through informative case studies, this illuminating book remaps considerations of the Civil War and Reconstruction era by charting the ways in which the needs, interests, and experiences of going to war, fighting it, and making sense of it informed and directed politics, public life, social change, and cultural memory after the war's end. In doing so, it shows that the wardid not actually end with Lee's surrenderat Appomattox and Lincoln's assassination in Washington. As the contributors show, major issues ...
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Overview


Through informative case studies, this illuminating book remaps considerations of the Civil War and Reconstruction era by charting the ways in which the needs, interests, and experiences of going to war, fighting it, and making sense of it informed and directed politics, public life, social change, and cultural memory after the war's end. In doing so, it shows that the wardid not actually end with Lee's surrenderat Appomattox and Lincoln's assassination in Washington. As the contributors show, major issues remained, including defining freedom; rebuilding the South; integrating women and blacks into postwar society, culture, and polities; deciding the place of the military in public life; demobilizing or redeploying soldiers; organizing anew party system; and determining the scope and meanings of union.
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"Cimbala and Miller offer an extraordinary contribution to the historiography of Reconstruction by demonstrating its enormous diversity. Often misunderstood, Reconstruction was a time of defining liberty and for whom, of rebuilding physically and psychically, of changing and enduring. This collection of sound, thoughtful essays provides an extensive examination of this significant and complex period of U.S. history. A must-read for anyone examining Reconstruction, this book shows that the great task still remains before us."-Orville Vernon Burton

". . . An impressive array of new scholarship on Reconstruction that explores gender and race relations, the politics of Reconstruction, and historical memory. . . Recommended."-Choice

"Cimbala and Miller have edited an important book that will help historians understand both Reconstruction and its connection to the larger Civil War era."-Andrew L. Slap, American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823232031
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 7/8/2010
  • Series: Reconstructing America Series
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,255,772
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul A. Cimbala is Professor of History at Fordham University and editor of the Press's series The North's Civil War and Reconstructing America.

Randall M. Miller is Professor of History and holder of the William Dirk Warren Sesquicentennial Chair at Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia.

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