Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863–1877

By Eric Foner
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30.73 Hours 12/01/1998 unabridged
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The period following the Civil War was one of the most controversial eras in American history. This comprehensive account of the period captures the drama of those turbulent years that played such an important role in shaping modern America. Eric Foner brilliantly chronicles how Americans, black and white, responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the Civil War and the end of slavery. He provides fresh insights on a host of other issues, includingthe ways in which the emancipated slave’s 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;Abraham Lincoln’s attitude toward Reconstruction;the role of “carpet-baggers” and “scalawags;” andthe role of violence in the period.This “smart book of enormous strengths” (Boston Globe) has become the classic work on the wrenching post–Civil War period, an era whose legacy reverberates in the United States to this day.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 1988 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History

Winner of the 1989 Bancroft Prize

Winner of the 1989 Parkman Prize

Finalist for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for History

Finalist for the 1988 National Book Award

Finalist for the 1988 National Book Critics Circle Award

The period following the Civil War was one of the most controversial eras in American history. This comprehensive account of the period captures the drama of those turbulent years that played such an important role in shaping modern America.

Eric Foner brilliantly chronicles how Americans, black and white, responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the Civil War and the end of slavery. He provides fresh insights on a host of other issues, including

  • the ways in which the emancipated slave’s 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;
  • Abraham Lincoln’s attitude toward Reconstruction;
  • the role of “carpet-baggers” and “scalawags;” and
  • the role of violence in the period.

This “smart book of enormous strengths” (Boston Globe) has become the classic work on the wrenching post–Civil War period, an era whose legacy reverberates in the United States to this day.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] splendid book…a compelling narrative…With this book, Mr. Foner becomes the preeminent historian of Reconstruction.” New York Times
“Long, brilliant, and stylish…[Reconstruction] is of signal importance…the most comprehensive and convincing account of the effort to build a racially democratic and just society from the fiery ruins of slavery.” Los Angeles Times Book Review
“A heroic synthesis that should dominate the field…It gives nearly equal time to all the protagonists in the Reconstruction drama and recognizes how inextricably economic, political, social, and ideological issues are bound.” Washington Post Book World
“Eric Foner…has written the Reconstruction book for our times. Monumental in scope, ranging over the North as well as the South…a feat of research and synthesis.” Nation
“This is history written on a grand scale, a masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history.” New Republic
Reconstruction will certainly be the standard work on the subject for the foreseeable future. And with its publication, Eric Foner has emerged as the preeminent American historian of his generation.” Civil War News
“Despite its failures, Reconstruction initiated a massive experiment in interracial democracy, and as Foner demonstrates, blacks, far from being passive victims, helped set the political and economic agenda. This invaluable, definitive history re-creates the post-Civil War period as a pivotal drama in which ordinary people get equal billing with politicians and wheelers and dealers.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Eric Foner

Eric Foner is an American historian and a faculty member of the department of history at Columbia University. He is the leading contemporary historian of the Reconstruction period. In 2011 his Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery won the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize, and the Lincoln Prize. His Reconstruction, considered the definitive work on the period, won many prizes for history writing. Foner’s Gateway to Freedom was a New York Times bestseller in 2015.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 30.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English