The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America's Most Progressive Era

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The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America's Most Progressive Era

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by Douglas R. Egerton

Previous histories of Reconstruction have focused on Washington politics. But in this sweeping, prodigiously researched narrative, Douglas Egerton brings a much bigger, even more dramatic story into view, exploring state and local politics and tracing the struggles of some fifteen hundred African-American officeholders, in both the North and South, who fought entrenched white resistance. Tragically, their movement was met by ruthless violence--not just riotous mobs, but also targeted assassination. With stark evidence, Egerton shows that Reconstruction, often cast as a "failure" or a doomed experiment, was rolled back by murderous force.

Soft cover, 448 pages.

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