The Great Task Remaining Before Us: Reconstruction as America's Continuing Civil War by Paul A. CimbalaThe Great Task Remaining Before Us: Reconstruction as America's Continuing Civil War by Paul A. Cimbala

The Great Task Remaining Before Us: Reconstruction as America's Continuing Civil War

EditorPaul A. Cimbala, Randall M. Miller

Paperback | July 8, 2010

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Through informative case studies, this illuminating book remaps considerations of the Civil War and Reconstruction era by charting the ways in which the needs, interests, and experiences of going to war, fighting it, and making sense of it informed and directed politics, public life, social change, and cultural memory after the war's end. In doing so, it shows that "the war" did not actually end with Lee's surrenderat Appomattox and Lincoln's assassination in Washington. As the contributors show, major issues remained, including defining "freedom"; rebuilding the South; integrating women and blacks into postwar society, culture, and polities; deciding the place of the military in public life; demobilizing or redeploying soldiers; organizing anew party system; and determining the scope and meanings of "union."
Paul A. Cimbala is Professor of History at Fordham University and editor of the Press's series The North's Civil War and Reconstructing America. Randall M. Miller is Professor of History and holder of the William Dirk Warren Sesquicentennial Chair at Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia.
Title:The Great Task Remaining Before Us: Reconstruction as America's Continuing Civil WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.07 inPublished:July 8, 2010Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823232034

ISBN - 13:9780823232031


Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsG. Ward Hubbs: Introduction: An Unfinished War1. Derek W. Frisby: A Victory Spoiled: West Tennessee Unionists During Reconstruction2. Aaron Astor: "I Wanted a Gun": Black Soldiers and White Violence in Civil War and Postwar Kentucky and Missouri3. "The Rebel Spirit in Kentucky": The Politics of Readjustment in a Border State, 1868-18684. Margaret M. Storey: The Crucible of Reconstruction: Unionists and the Struggle for Alabama's Postwar Home Front5. Carol Faulkner: "A New Field of Labor": Antislavery Women, Freedmen's Aid, and Political Power6. Denise E. Wright: "Objects of Humanity": The White Poor in Civil War and Reconstruction Georgia7. Justin A. Nystrom: Racial Identity and Reconstruction: New Orleans's Free People of Color and the Dilemma of Emancipation8. Rod Andrew Jr.: "My Children on the Field": Wade Hampton, Biography, and the Roots of the Lost Cause9. Jason K. Phillips: Rebels in War and Peace: Their Ethos and Its Impact10. Carole Emberton: Reconstructing Loyalty: Love, Fear, and Power in the Postwar South11. Michael Green: Reconstructing the Nation, Reconstructing the Party: Postwar Republicans and the Evolution of a PartyNotesList of ContributorsIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Cimbala and Miller offer an extraordinary contribution to the historiography of Reconstruction by demonstrating its enormous diversity. Often misunderstood, Reconstruction was a time of defining liberty and for whom, of rebuilding physically and psychically, of changing and enduring. This collection of sound, thoughtful essays provides an extensive examination of this significant and complex period of U.S. history. A must-read for anyone examining Reconstruction, this book shows that the "great task" still remains before us.