Reconstructions: New Perspectives on the Postbellum United States

Paperback | September 23, 2008

byThomas J. Brown

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The pivotal era of Reconstruction has inspired an outstanding historical literature over the decades from W.E.B. DuBois' Black Reconstruction in America in 1935 through Eric Foner's Reconstruction in 1988. The resolution of long-running interpretive debates has shifted the issues at stake inReconstruction scholarship, but the topic has remained a vital venue for original exploration of the regional and national history of the United States. In Reconstructions: New Perspectives on the Postbellum United States, eight rising historians survey the latest generation of scholarly work andpoint to promising directions for future research, from cultural and gender history to Western history, legal history, and diplomatic history. Offering an expansive approach to the chronological definition of the postwar era, this volume is an essential read on this crucial period in Americanhistory.

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The pivotal era of Reconstruction has inspired an outstanding historical literature over the decades from W.E.B. DuBois' Black Reconstruction in America in 1935 through Eric Foner's Reconstruction in 1988. The resolution of long-running interpretive debates has shifted the issues at stake inReconstruction scholarship, but the topic ha...

Thomas Brown is Associate Professor of History and Associate Director of the Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:September 23, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Stephen A. West, Catholic University: "A General Remodeling of Every Thing": Economy and Race in the Post-Emancipation South2. John C. Rodrigue, Stonehill College: Black Agency After Slavery3. Heather Cox Richardson, Amherst: North and West of Reconstruction: Studies in Political Economy4. Michael W. Fitzgerald, St. Olaf College: Reconstruction Politics and the Politics of Reconstruction5. Mark M. Smith, University of South Carolina: The Past as a Foreign Country: Reconstruction, Inside and Out6. Michael Vorenberg, Brown University: Reconstruction as a Constitutional Crisis7. Leslie Butler, Dartmouth College: Reconstruction in Intellectual and Cultural Life8. Thomas J. Brown, University of South Carolina: Civil War Remembrance as ReconstructionIndex

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"These are superb essays, original, thoughtful, and intellectually exciting. The authors, all expert guides to their fields, broaden our sights and open new questions. Together, they help us gain our bearings in some of the most confusing--and important--years of the United States."--Edward L.Ayers, University of Virginia