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The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction

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This new examination of the years of Emancipation and Reconstruction during and immediately following the Civil War emphasizes the era's political and cultural meaning for today's America. Historian Foner overturns numerous assumptions growing out of the traditional understanding of the period, which is based almost exclusively on white sources and shaped by (often unconscious) racism. He presents the period as a time of determination, especially on the part of recently emancipated black Americans, to put into effect the principles of equal rights and citizenship for all. He makes clear how, by war's end, freed slaves built on networks of church and family in order to exercise their right of suffrage as well as gain access to education, land, and employment, and shows that the birth of the Ku Klux Klan and renewed acts of racial violence were retaliation for the progress made by blacks soon after the war.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375402593
Branch Call Number: 973.8 FONER
Characteristics: xxx, 268 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Brown, Joshua 1949-
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Nov 19, 2016

I love this book I thought the writing of this book has good pacing I was never bore good accurate stories. the illistrations were good pictures excellent.

Jan 21, 2015

In this collaboration between Eric Foner and Joshua Brown, Foner provides the narrative and Brown adds pictorials and political cartoons throughout the text that are appropriate for the narrative. In addition, Brown adds six essays along about pictorials and political cartoons that are appropriate to six periods in the historical sequence from slavery thru the dismantling of the post Civil War Reconstruction. While the stories about the abolitionists and the politicians that were fighting for emancipation and the elimination of discrimination against the slaves and freedmen are uplifting, probably most of America’s whites will have difficulty in believing how bad slavery and discrimination really was and still is. Many will be in a state of denial, just as much of the German populace is in with relationship to the treatment of Jews in WWII.


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