When the War Was Over: The Failure of Self-Reconstruction in the South, 1865-1867 by Dan T. CarterWhen the War Was Over: The Failure of Self-Reconstruction in the South, 1865-1867 by Dan T. Carter

When the War Was Over: The Failure of Self-Reconstruction in the South, 1865-1867

byDan T. Carter

Paperback | January 1, 1985

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Dan T. Carter's When the War Was Over is a social and political history of the two years following the surrender of the Confederacy--the so-called period of Presidential Reconstruction when the South, under the watchful gaze of Congress and the Union army, attempted to rebuild its shattered society and economic structure. Working primarily from rich manuscript sources, Carter draws a vivid portrait of the political leaders who emerged after the war, a diverse group of men--former loyalists as well as a few mildly repentant fire-eaters--who in some cases genuinely sought to find a place in southern society for the newly emancipated slaves, but who in many other cases merely sought to redesign the boundaries of black servitude. Carter finds that as a group the politicians who emerged in the post-war South failed critically in the test of their leadership. Not only were they unable to construct a realistic program for the region's recovery--a failure rooted in their stubborn refusal to accept the full consequences of emancipation--but their actions also served to exacerbate rather than allay the fears and apprehensions of the victorious North. Even so, Carter reveals, these leaders were not the monsters that many scholars have suggested they were, and it is misleading to dismiss them as racists and political incompetents. In important ways, they represented the most constructive, creative, and imaginative response that the white South, overwhelmed with defeat and social chaos, had to offer in 1865 and 1866. Out of their efforts would come the New South movement and, with it, the final downfall of the plantation system and the beginnings of social justice for the freed slaves.
Dan T. Carter is a professor of history at Emory University. He received his B. A. from the University of South Carolina, his M. A. from the University of Wisconsin, and then returned to the University of South Carolina for his Ph.D. Carter wrote From George Wallace to Newt Gingrich: Race and the Conservative Counterrevolution as well ...
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Title:When the War Was Over: The Failure of Self-Reconstruction in the South, 1865-1867Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.02 × 5.86 × 0.68 inPublished:January 1, 1985Publisher:Louisiana State University Press

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ISBN - 10:0807112046

ISBN - 13:9780807112045

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Dan T. Carter's When the War Was Over is a social and political history of the two years following the surrender of the Confederacy - the so-called period of Presidential Reconstruction when the South, under the watchful gaze of Congress and the Union army, attempted to rebuild its shattered society and economic structure. Working primarily from rich manuscript sources, Carter draws a vivid portrait of the political leaders who emerged after the war, a diverse group of men - former loyalists as well as a few mildly repentant fire-eaters - who in some cases genuinely sought to find a place in southern society for the newly emancipated slaves, but who in many other cases merely sought to redesign the boundaries of black servitude.