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Things Your Teachers May Have Missed: The Reconstruction Era

The Reconstruction Era is an important but often overlooked part of US History. If your history teachers were anything like ours, lessons on the post-Civil War period usually didn't cover more than the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, and a passing mention of Ulysses S. Grant and whiskey. The problem is that we can't understand the US history and a lot of our current political issues if we don't understand what happened in the aftermath of the Civil War. Here are some books to help cover some of those Things Your Teacher May Have Missed about the Reconstruction.

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow By Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780525559559
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Published: Penguin Books - April 7th, 2020
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“Stony the Road presents a bracing alternative to Trump-era white nationalism. . . . In our current politics we recognize African-American history—the spot under our country’s rug where the terrorism and injustices of white supremacy are habitually swept. Stony the Road lifts the rug." —Nell Irvin Painter, New York Times Book Review


Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880 By W. E. B. Du Bois, David Levering Lewis (Introduction by) Cover Image
By W. E. B. Du Bois, David Levering Lewis (Introduction by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780684856575
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Published: Free Press - December 1st, 1999
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The pioneering work in the study of the role of Black Americans during Reconstruction by the most influential Black intellectual of his time.

This pioneering work was the first full-length study of the role black Americans played in the crucial period after the Civil War, when the slaves had been freed and the attempt was made to reconstruct American society.


The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson By Robert S. Levine Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781324021797
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 2nd, 2022
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Robert S. Levine foregrounds the viewpoints of Black Americans on Reconstruction in his absorbing account of the struggle between the great orator Frederick Douglass and President Andrew Johnson.


Until Justice Be Done: America's First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction By Kate Masur Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781324021841
Availability: In Print, but things might get a little weird and there may be a long wait
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 7th, 2022
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Finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in History
Finalist for the 2022 Lincoln Prize
Winner of the American Historical Association's Littleton-Griswold Prize • Winner of the John Nau Book Prize in American Civil War Era History • Winner of the American Society for Legal History's John Phillip Reid Book Award


A Brief Moment in the Sun: Francis Cardozo and Reconstruction in South Carolina (Southern Biography) By Neil Kinghan Cover Image
$47.25
ISBN: 9780807178997
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Published: LSU Press - March 22nd, 2023
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A Brief Moment in the Sun is the first scholarly biography of Francis Lewis Cardozo, one of the most talented and influential African Americans to hold elected office in the South between Reconstruction and the civil rights era.


Civil Wars and Reconstructions in the Americas: The United States, Mexico, and Argentina, 1860-1880 (Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War) By Evan C. Rothera Cover Image
$52.50
ISBN: 9780807171479
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Published: LSU Press - September 21st, 2022
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Reconstruction and Empire: The Legacies of Abolition and Union Victory for an Imperial Age (Reconstructing America) By David Prior (Editor), Adrian Brettle (Contribution by), Christina C. Davidson (Contribution by) Cover Image
By David Prior (Editor), Adrian Brettle (Contribution by), Christina C. Davidson (Contribution by)
$38.50
ISBN: 9780823298655
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Published: Fordham University Press - February 15th, 2022
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This volume examines the historical connections between the United States' Reconstruction and the country's emergence as a geopolitical power a few decades later. It shows how the processes at work during the postbellum decade variously foreshadowed, inhibited, and conditioned the development of the United States as an overseas empire and regional hegemon.


Lincoln and Reconstruction (Concise Lincoln Library) By John C. Rodrigue Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780809338917
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Published: Southern Illinois University Press - November 28th, 2022
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Although Abraham Lincoln dominates the literature on the American Civil War, he remains less commonly associated with reconstruction. Previous scholarly works touch on Lincoln and reconstruction, but they tend either to speculate on what Lincoln might have done after the war had he not been assassinated or to approach his reconstruction plans merely as a means of winning the war.


Revolutions and Reconstructions: Black Politics in the Long Nineteenth Century (Early American Studies) By Van Gosse (Editor), David Waldstreicher (Editor) Cover Image
By Van Gosse (Editor), David Waldstreicher (Editor)
$57.20
ISBN: 9780812252323
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Published: University of Pennsylvania Press - August 28th, 2020
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Revolutions and Reconstructions gathers historians of the early republic, the Civil War era, and African American and political history to consider not whether black people participated in the politics of the nineteenth century but how, when, and with what lasting effects.


Reconstruction Updated Edition: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 By Eric Foner Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062354518
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - December 2nd, 2014
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From the "preeminent historian of Reconstruction" (New York Times Book Review), the prize-winning classic work on the post-Civil War period that shaped modern America.

Eric Foner's "masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history" (New Republic) redefined how the post-Civil War period was viewed.


W.E.B. Du Bois: Black Reconstruction (LOA #350): An Essay Toward a History of the Part whichBlack Folk Played in the Attempt to ReconstructDemocracy in America, 1860–1880 By W.E.B. Du Bois, Eric Foner (Editor), Henry Louis Gates (Editor) Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781598537031
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Published: Library of America - December 14th, 2021
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A definitive edition of the landmark book that forever changed our understanding of the Civil War’s aftermath and the legacy of racism in America


Reconstruction and Mormon America By Clyde A. Milner (Editor), Brian Q. Cannon (Editor) Cover Image
By Clyde A. Milner (Editor), Brian Q. Cannon (Editor)
$24.15
ISBN: 9780806190105
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Published: University of Oklahoma Press - March 22nd, 2022
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The South has been the standard focus of Reconstruction, but reconstruction following the Civil War was not a distinctly Southern experience.


The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War By Van Gosse Cover Image
$31.45
ISBN: 9781469672533
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - August 1st, 2022
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The Jackson County War: Reconstruction and Resistance in Post–Civil War Florida By Daniel R. Weinfeld Cover Image
$31.45
ISBN: 9780817360726
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Published: University Alabama Press - December 6th, 2022
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Offers original conclusions explaining why Jackson County became the bloodiest region in Reconstruction Florida From early 1869 through the end of 1871, citizens of Jackson County, Florida, slaughtered their neighbors by the score. The nearly three year frenzy of bloodshed became known as the Jackson County War.


I Saw Death Coming: A History of Terror and Survival in the War Against Reconstruction By Kidada E. Williams Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781635576634
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 17th, 2023
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Longlisted for the National Book Award in Nonfiction

"Powerful and deeply moving."--Los Angeles Times * Shortlisted for the Museum of African American History’s Stone Book Award * National Council on Public History Book Award Honorable Mention


Reimagining the Republic: Race, Citizenship, and Nation in the Literary Work of Albion W. Tourgée (Reconstructing America) By Sandra M. Gustafson (Editor), Robert Levine (Editor), Molly Ball (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Sandra M. Gustafson (Editor), Robert Levine (Editor), Molly Ball (Contribution by)
$38.50
ISBN: 9781531501372
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Published: Fordham University Press - December 20th, 2022
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Albion W. Tourg e (1838-1905) was a major force for social, legal, and literary transformation in the second half of the nineteenth century. Best known for his Reconstruction novels A Fool's Errand (1879) and Bricks without Straw (1880), and for his key role in the civil rights case Plessy v.


I've Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on Native Land (America in the Nineteenth Century) By Alaina E. Roberts Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781512824728
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Published: University of Pennsylvania Press - January 10th, 2023
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Perhaps no other symbol has more resonance in African American history than that of "40 acres and a mule"--the lost promise of Black reparations for slavery after the Civil War. In I've Been Here All the While, we meet the Black people who actually received this mythic 40 acres, the American settlers who coveted this land, and the Native Americans whose holdings it originated from.


Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: Religion and the Politics of Race in the Civil War Era and Beyond By Steven L. Dundas Cover Image
$36.95
ISBN: 9781640124882
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Published: Potomac Books - October 1st, 2022
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Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory is a hard-hitting history of the impact of racism and religion on the political, social, and economic development of the American nation from Jamestown to today, in particular the nefarious effects of slavery on U.S. society and history. Going back to England’s rise as a colonial power and its use of slavery in its American colonies, Steven L.