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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
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Essential reading for all Americans.

    • By Becky on 09-23-15

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Thunder at the Gates

    • The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America
    • By: Douglas R. Egerton
    • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
    • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
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      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    In Thunder at the Gates, Douglas R. Egerton chronicles the formation and battlefield triumphs of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantry and the 5th Massachusetts Cavalry - regiments led by whites, but composed of black men born free or into slavery. He argues that the most important battles of all were won on the field of public opinion, for in fighting with distinction, the regiments realized the long-derided idea of full and equal citizenship for blacks.

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Year of Meteors

    • Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election that Brought on the Civil War
    • By: Douglas R. Egerton
    • Narrated by: Michael Scherer
    • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 18

    In early 1860, pundits across America confidently predicted the election of Illinois senator Stephen A. Douglas in the coming presidential race. Douglas, after all, led the only party that bridged North and South. But the Democrats would split over the issue of slavery, leading Southerners in the party to run their own presidential slate. This opened the door for the upstart Republicans, exclusively Northern, to steal the Oval Office. Dark horse Abraham Lincoln, not the first choice even of his own party, won the presidency with a record-low 39.8 percent of the popular vote.

    Regular price: $24.95