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Reconstruction after the Civil War, Third Edition

With a new Foreword by Eric Foner and an Essay by Michael W. Fitzgerald

Reconstruction after the Civil War explores the role of former slaves during this period in American history. Looking past popular myths and controversial scholarship, John Hope Franklin uses his astute insight and careful research to provide an accurate, comprehensive portrait of the era. His arguments concerning the brevity of the North’s occupation, the limited power wielded by former slaves, the influence of moderate southerners, the flawed constitutions of the radical state governments, and the downfall of Reconstruction remain compelling today. This new edition of Reconstruction after the Civil War also includes a foreword by Eric Foner and a perceptive essay by Michael W. Fitzgerald.

An audiobook version is available.

304 pages | 11 halftones, 2 tables | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2012

The Chicago History of American Civilization

History: American History

Table of Contents


Foreword to the Third Edition by Eric Foner

1. The Aftermath of War
2. Presidential Peacemaking
3. Reconstruction: Confederate Style
4. Confederate Reconstruction Under Fire
5. Challenge by Congress
6. The South’s New Leaders
7. Constitution-making in the Radical South
8. Reconstruction—Black and White
9. Counter Reconstruction
10. Economic and Social Reconstruction
11. The Era Begins to End
12. The Aftermath of “Redemption”

Important Dates
Suggested Readings
John Hope Franklin and His Reconstruction
by Michael W. Fitzgerald

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