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In this updated edition of Reconstruction, Eric Foner redefines how the post-Civil War period was viewed.

Reconstruction chronicles the way in which Americans - black and white - responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the war and the end of slavery. It addresses the quest of emancipated slaves' searching for economic autonomy and equal citizenship and describes the remodeling of Southern society; the evolution of racial attitudes and patterns of race relations; and the emergence of a national state possessing vastly expanded authority and one committed, for a time, to the principle of equal rights for all Americans.

This "masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history" (New Republic) remains the standard work on the wrenching post-Civil War period - an era whose legacy still reverberates in the United States today.

©2015 Eric Foner (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Richard
  • MONTICELLO, MN, United States
  • 08-25-18

Eye Opening!

It got into a lot of the details in a very understandable way. I've listened to other books on the topic and this one did the best as.to focusing on how our government treated African Americans as it wove in the other things going on during reconstruction that had to do with all races. An excellent bookmark for understanding the whole Reconstruction period in a very efficient "read".