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The Civil War and Reconstruction

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In this text on the American Civil War, Jean Baker discusses Southern society, slavery, the experiences of women and issues of class. Mike Holt has focused his attention on the post-war Reconstruction.
Paperback, 800 pages
Published December 14th 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Timothy Riley
Jun 13, 2013 Timothy Riley rated it really liked it
Since this was such a long book I will pick a few things that I found interesting. One, the south was hardly unified prior to the civil war. In some cases the majority of counties voted in referendum to remain part of the union and representatives went and voted to secede anyway.

The hypocrisy of the south is even more shocking then I thought. As soon as they split in the name of a decentralized government, the first thing they did was form a strong central government. The rights of the individu
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Fredrick Danysh
Even though the American Civil War ended in 1865, the revenge on and control of the South continued until 1876. The Republican party sought to punish white Southern Democrats for trying to secede from the Union. This helped give rise to the Klu Klux Klan which was founded by these Democrats to keep control over the new black Republicans.
Andrew Price
Aug 30, 2016 Andrew Price rated it really liked it
Defense, serious history, but well worth the trouble. If you want to be able to have an informed opinion of the effects of the Civil War this is a great place to start.
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Majoring in history and sociology, Donald earned his bachelor degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He earned his PhD in 1946 under the eminent, leading Lincoln scholar, James G. Randall at the University of Illinois. Randall as a mentor had a big influence on Donald's life and career, and encouraged his protégé to write his dissertation on Lincoln's law partner, William Herndon. T ...more
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