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Best Reconstruction Books Worth Your Attention

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1. Reconstruction Updated Edition: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) (2014)

Best Reconstruction Books Worth Your AttentionFrom the “preeminent historian of Reconstruction” (New York Times Book Review), 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…
Author(s): Eric Foner

2. Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880 (1999)

Best Reconstruction Books Worth Your AttentionThe pioneering work in the study of the role of Black Americans during Reconstruction by the most influential Black intellectual of his time.This pioneering work was the first full-length study of the role black Americans played in the crucial period after the Civil War, when the slaves had been freed and the attempt was made to reconstruct American society. Hailed at the time, Black Reconstruction in America 1860–1880 has justly been called a classic. #29,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #43 in African History (Books) #16 in Slavery & Emancipation History #71…
Author(s): W. E. Burghardt Du Bois, David Levering Lewis

3. A Short History of Reconstruction, Updated Edition (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) (2015)

Best Reconstruction Books Worth Your AttentionFrom the “preeminent historian of Reconstruction” (New York Times Book Review), a newly updated abridged edition of the prize-winning classic work on the post-Civil War period which shaped modern America.In this updated edition of the abridged Reconstruction, Eric Foner redefines 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 quest of emancipated slaves’…
Author(s): Eric Foner

4. The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America’s Most Progressive Era (2015)

Best Reconstruction Books Worth Your AttentionBy 1870, just five years after Confederate surrender and thirteen years after the Dred Scott decision ruled blacks ineligible for citizenship, Congressional action had ended slavery and given the vote to black men. That same year, Hiram Revels and Joseph Hayne Rainey became the first African-American U.S. senator and congressman respectively. In South Carolina, only twenty years after the death of arch-secessionist John C. Calhoun, a black man, Jasper J. Wright, took a seat on the state’s Supreme Court. Not even the most optimistic abolitionists had thought such milestones would occur…
Author(s): Douglas R. Egerton

5. Reconstruction (New American Nation Series) (1989)

Best Reconstruction Books Worth Your AttentionNewly 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…
Author(s): Eric Foner

6. Reconstruction in philosophy (2010)

Best Reconstruction Books Worth Your AttentionThis is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book….
Author(s): John Dewey

7. The Civil War and Reconstruction: A Documentary Collection (2001)

Best Reconstruction Books Worth Your AttentionAn ample, wide-ranging collection of primary sources, The Civil War and Reconstruction: A Documentary Collection, opens a window onto the political, social, cultural, economic, and military history from 1830 to 1877. Particular attention is paid to social history; coverage of the experience of African Americans, women, and non-elites provides a well-rounded picture of the period.  Substantial selections, careful editing, and helpful annotations make this collection an ideal supplement for your course on the Civil War and Reconstruction. #482,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1994 in U.S. Civil War…
Author(s): William E. Gienapp

8. The Death of Reconstruction: Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post-Civil War North, 1865-1901 (2004)

Best Reconstruction Books Worth Your AttentionHistorians overwhelmingly have blamed the demise of Reconstruction on Southerners’ persistent racism. Heather Cox Richardson argues instead that class, along with race, was critical to Reconstruction’s end. Northern support for freed blacks and Reconstruction weakened in the wake of growing critiques of the economy and calls for a redistribution of wealth. Using newspapers, public speeches, popular tracts, Congressional reports, and private correspondence, Richardson traces the changing Northern attitudes toward African-Americans from the Republicans’ idealized image of black workers in 1861 through the 1901 publication of Booker T….
Author(s): Heather Cox Richardson

9. The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 (Oxford History of the United States) (2019)

Best Reconstruction Books Worth Your AttentionThe Oxford History of the United States is the most respected multivolume history of the American nation. In the newest volume in the series, The Republic for Which It Stands, acclaimed historian Richard White offers a fresh and integrated interpretation of Reconstruction and the Gilded Age as the seedbed of modern America.At the end of the Civil War the leaders and citizens of the victorious North envisioned the country’s future as a free-labor republic, with a homogenous citizenry, both black and white. The South and West were to be reconstructed in the image of the North. Thirty years later Americans occupied…
Author(s): Richard White

10. Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction (2006)

Best Reconstruction Books Worth Your AttentionFrom one of our most distinguished historians comes a groundbreaking new examination of the myths and realities of the period after the Civil War.Drawing on a wide range of long-neglected documents, Eric Foner places a new emphasis on black experiences and roles during the era. We see African Americans as active agents in overthrowing slavery, in shaping Reconstruction, and creating a legacy long obscured and misunderstood. He compellingly refutes long-standing misconceptions of Reconstruction, and shows how the failures of the time sowed the seeds of the Civil Rights struggles of…
Author(s): Eric Foner

11. Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (Studies in Legal History) (2018)

Best Reconstruction Books Worth Your AttentionBirthright Citizens tells how African American activists radically transformed the terms of citizenship for all Americans. Before the Civil War, colonization schemes and black laws threatened to deport former slaves born in the United States. Birthright Citizens recovers the story of how African American activists remade national belonging through battles in legislatures, conventions, and courthouses. They faced formidable opposition, most notoriously from the US Supreme Court decision in Dred Scott. Still, Martha S. Jones explains, no single case defined their…
Author(s): Martha S Jones

12. A Legal History of the Civil War and Reconstruction (New Histories of American Law) (2015)

Best Reconstruction Books Worth Your AttentionAlthough hundreds of thousands of people died fighting in the Civil War, perhaps the war’s biggest casualty was the nation’s legal order. A Nation of Rights explores the implications of this major change by bringing legal history into dialogue with the scholarship of other historical fields. Federal policy on slavery and race, particularly the three Reconstruction amendments, are the best-known legal innovations of the era. Change, however, permeated all levels of the legal system, altering Americans’ relationship to the law and allowing them to move popular conceptions of justice into the ambit…
Author(s): Laura F. Edwards

Foner’s book is indispensible, but dense. A pithier primer can be found in Michael W. Fitzgerald’s “Splendid Failure: Postwar Reconstruction in the American South” (Ivan R. Dee, 2007). 89 books based on 22 votes: Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution 1863-1877 by Eric Foner, Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880 by W.E.B. Reconstruction: Freedom Delayed – Social Studies Book for Kids – Great for School Projects and Book Reports (Primary Source Readers) Below are books for students and teachers on the Reconstruction era in the United States. We also recommend the lesson, Reconstructing the South: A Role Play, the free downloadable booklet from the National Park Service called The Era of Reconstruction: 1861-1900, and The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy. “Atlas of Abdominal Wall Reconstruction, edited by Michael J. Rosen, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief, Division of GI and General Surgery, Case Western Reserve University, Case Medical Center, Cleveland, together with 25 contributors, offers comprehensive coverage on the full range of abdominal wall reconstruction and hernia repair.

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Vulvar Reconstruction Following Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) and other Acquired Deformities

Author(s): Dan mon O´Dey
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 12 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2309902

Atlas of Perforator Flap and Wound Healing: Microsurgical Reconstruction and Cases

Author(s): He-Ping Zheng, Jian Lin, Yong-Qing Xu, De-Qing Hu
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2019, Size: 64 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2313707

Resection and Reconstruction of Head & Neck Cancers

Author(s): Ming-Huei Cheng, Kai-Ping Chang, Huang-Kai Kao
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2019, Size: 14 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2313927

Compressed Sensing Magnetic Resonance Image Reconstruction Algorithms: A Convex Optimization Approach

Author(s): Bhabesh Deka, Sumit Datta
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2314105

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow

Author(s): Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Publisher: Penguin Press, Year: 2019, Size: 133 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2346895

Signal digitization and reconstruction in digital radios

Author(s): Poberezhskiy, Gennedy Y.; Poberezhskiy, Yehim S.
Publisher: Artech House, Year: 2019, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2349937

Atlas of Mandibular and Maxillary Reconstruction with the Fibula Flap: A step-by-step approach

Author(s): Giorgio De Santis, Peter G. Cordeiro, Luigi Chiarini
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 24 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354773

Breast Reconstruction with Autologous Tissue

Author(s): Hisham Fansa, Christoph Heitmann
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 20 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2355213

American Abolitionism: Its Direct Political Impact from Colonial Times Into Reconstruction

Author(s): Stanley Harrold
Publisher: University of Virginia Press, Year: 2019, Size: 20 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2367273

Anarchism and Political Change in Spain: Schism, Polarisation and Reconstruction of the Confederacion Nacional del Trabajo, 1939-1979

Author(s): Maggie Torres
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2375201

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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