Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877

Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877

by Eric Foner
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Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner

Newly Reissued with a New Introduction: From the "preeminent historian of Reconstruction" (New York Times Book Review), a newly updated edition of the prize-winning classic work on the post-Civil War period which shaped modern America.

Eric Foner's "masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history" (New Republic) redefined how the post-Civil War period was viewed.

Reconstruction chronicles the way in which Americans—black and white—responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the war and the end of slavery. It addresses the ways in which the emancipated slaves' quest for economic autonomy and equal citizenship shaped the political agenda of Reconstruction; the remodeling of Southern society and the place of planters, merchants, and small farmers within it; the evolution of racial attitudes and patterns of race relations; and the emergence of a national state possessing vastly expanded authority and committed, for a time, to the principle of equal rights for all Americans.

This "smart book of enormous strengths" (Boston Globe) remains the standard work on the wrenching post-Civil War period—an era whose legacy still reverberates in the United States today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062035868
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/13/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 736
Sales rank: 143,324
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of several books. In 2006 he received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching at Columbia University. He has served as president of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Society of American Historians. He lives in New York City.

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Reconstruction 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
tcarstar More than 1 year ago
This book won the Bancroft Prize and Francis Parkman Prize by the Society of American Historians for historical excellence. This book is the benchmark book on Reconstruction. Readers wanting a more accessible read should consider the author's brief history of Reconstruction. Foner recently won the Lincoln Prize for "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for anyone interested in the tumultuous era following the american civil war.
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