An abridged version of Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, the definitive study of the aftermath of the Civil War, winner of the Bancroft Prize, Avery O. Craven Prize, Los Angeles Times Book Award, Francis Parkman Prize, and Lionel Trilling Prize.
Good survey of a hugely important but frequently overlooked period in US history. Reconstruction was complex, often morally ambiguous, and is still controversial. Although relatively brief, this is serious history, not a novelistic treatment by any means. Foner gives you the basics - after reading this, you can decide whether to dig into one of the longer histories of the period. I haven't yet taken that step, but I can understand now why it might be worthwhile.read more
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