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By Eric Foner

From the "preeminent historian of Reconstruction" (New York occasions ebook Review), a newly up-to-date AND abridged version of the prizewinning vintage at the post–Civil battle interval that formed sleek America.

In this up to date version of the abridged Reconstruction, Eric Foner redefines how the post-Civil struggle interval was once seen.

Reconstruction chronicles the way Americans—black and white—responded to the remarkable alterations unleashed through the struggle and the top of slavery. It addresses the hunt of emancipated slaves looking for monetary autonomy and equivalent citizenship, and describes the reworking of Southern society, the evolution of racial attitudes and styles of race kinfolk, and the emergence of a countrywide country owning significantly extended authority and devoted, for a time, to the primary of equivalent rights for all american citizens.

This "masterful therapy of 1 of the main complicated sessions of yank history" (New Republic) is still the traditional paintings at the wrenching post-Civil battle period—an period whose legacy nonetheless reverberates within the usa at the present time.

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