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The Death of Reconstruction: Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post-Civil War North, 1865-1901

Richardson, Heather Cox

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ISBN 10: 0674006372 / ISBN 13: 9780674006379
Published by Harvard University Press, U.S.A., 2001
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First edition (NAP). Maroon cloth, gilt titles. 'What killed Reconstruction?' According to the pub's publicity materials (laid in), it was tne North's abandonment of African Americans after the Civil War. Author has been Associate Professor of History at MIT. A very readable account of this topic, with extensive Chapter Notes. A fine copy in like DJ. 3112 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 13972

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Title: The Death of Reconstruction: Race, Labor, ...

Publisher: Harvard University Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Historians overwhelmingly have blamed the demise of Reconstruction on Southerners' persistent racism. Heather Cox Richardson argues instead that class, along with race, was critical to Reconstruction's end. Northern support for freed blacks and Reconstruction weakened in the wake of growing critiques of the economy and calls for a redistribution of wealth.

Using newspapers, public speeches, popular tracts, Congressional reports, and private correspondence, Richardson traces the changing Northern attitudes toward African-Americans from the Republicans' idealized image of black workers in 1861 through the 1901 publication of Booker T. Washington's Up from Slavery. She examines such issues as black suffrage, disenfranchisement, taxation, westward migration, lynching, and civil rights to detect the trajectory of Northern disenchantment with Reconstruction. She reveals a growing backlash from Northerners against those who believed that inequalities should be addressed through working-class action, and the emergence of an American middle class that championed individual productivity and saw African-Americans as a threat to their prosperity.

The Death of Reconstruction offers a new perspective on American race and labor and demonstrates the importance of class in the post-Civil War struggle to integrate African-Americans into a progressive and prospering nation.

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Heather Cox Richardson is Associate Professor of American History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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