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  • The Wars of Reconstruction

  • The Brief, Violent History of America's Most Progressive Era
  • By: Douglas R. Egerton
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
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A groundbreaking new history, telling the stories of hundreds of African-American activists and officeholders who risked their lives for equality - in the face of murderous violence - in the years after the Civil War. By 1870, just five years after Confederate surrender and 13 years after the Dred Scott decision ruled blacks ineligible for citizenship, Congressional action had ended slavery and given the vote to black men. That same year, Hiram Revels and Joseph Hayne Rainey became the first African-American U.S. senator and congressman respectively.

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  • Essential reading for all Americans.

  • By Becky on 09-23-15

An important description of how reconstruction benefitted the country, and then was defeated by organized violence

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Reviewed: 07-04-17

This book sets the historical context of the civil war and how Black people sacrificed to create a better society