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Best Reconstruction Books Worth Your Attention

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Reconstruction books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

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.
Author(s): Eric Foner

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.
Author(s): W. E. Burghardt Du Bois, David Levering Lewis

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 slave…
Author(s): Eric Foner

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.
Author(s): Douglas R. Egerton

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.
Author(s): Eric Foner

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.
Author(s): John Dewey

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.
Author(s): William E. Gienapp

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.
Author(s): Heather Cox Richardson

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.
Author(s): Richard White

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.
Author(s): Eric Foner

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.
Author(s): Martha S Jones

 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.
Author(s): Laura F. Edwards

Best Reconstruction Books Worth Your Attention

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Health and national reconstruction in Nationalist China: the development of modern health services, 1928-1937 /

Author(s): Ka-che Yip.
ID: 2690625, Publisher: Association for Asian Studies,, Year: c1995., Size: 29 Mb, Format: pdf

US Army's Effectiveness in Reconstruction According to the Guiding Principles of Stabilization

Author(s): Diane E. Chido
ID: 2831076, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Shaping the Breast: A Comprehensive Approach in Augmentation, Revision, and Reconstruction

Author(s): Kiya Movassaghi
ID: 2855911, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 13 Mb, Format: pdf

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