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Reconstruction by Eric Foner
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Aug 11, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: united-states-history

Catching up on my reviews...

Absolutely terrific history of the Reconstruction Era in the U.S., one that manages to be both rigorously scholarly and an incredibly good read. Foner's bias as an historian is toward economic explanations, and his elucidation of the ways in which the problems of Reconstruction were, fundamentally, problems of economics (and especially labor) was clear and, for me, eye-opening (to the extent that I'd thought about Reconstruction before, it had been through the lens of either race or regional politics). His treatment of the North and the Republican Party as complicit in the failure of Reconstruction was similarly refreshing. A great, great book about an historical moment about which Americans hear too little, and one whose repercussions continue to be felt today.

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