Southern Reconstruction

Southern Reconstruction The Reconstruction Era The Years Immediately Following The Civil War When Congress Directed The Reintegration Of The Former Confederate States Into The Union Remains, As Historian Eric Foner Suggests, America S Unfinished Revolution But Reconstruction Is Than A Story Of Great Racial Injustice It Has Left A Complex Legacy Involving Both Blacks And Whites, Southerners And Northerners, That Is Reflected Today By The Fact That Many Of The States With The Highest Rates Of Poverty Were Part Of The Former Confederacy In Southern Reconstruction, Philip Leigh Examines Federal Wartime Legislation In Order To Broaden Our Understanding Of Reconstruction, Revealing How It Led To African Americans Being Used As Political Pawns, First To Ensure Continued Republican Rule, And Finally To Be Blamed For The South S Hardships In Order To Draw Poor Whites Away From Populism And Back To The Aristocratic White Democratic Banner.Civil War Laws, Such As The Confiscation Acts, Pacific Railroad Acts, Homestead Act, Legal Tender Act, National Banking Act, And Veterans Pensions Acts, Transformed America S Banking System, Built A Railroad Web, And Launched The Gilded Age In The North And West, But It Also Created A Dubious Alliance Between Banks And Government, Sparked Corruption, Purposely Depressed Southern Industry, Trapped Southern Farmers Both Black And White In Endless Annual Peonage Cycles, And Failed To Provide Lands For Freedmen While Reconstruction Was Intended To Return The South To The Union, It Could Not Be Effective With Laws That Abetted Southern Poverty, Disfranchised Many Whites, Fostered Racial Animosity To A Point Where Lynchings And Jim Crow Laws Erupted, And Lined The Pockets Of Wealthy Or Politically Well Connected Business Leaders Outside Of The Region.

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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Southern Reconstruction
  • Philip Leigh
  • English
  • 08 May 2017
  • 9781594162763

10 thoughts on “Southern Reconstruction

  1. says:

    This is not a work of original research, but rather an uneven synthesis that places issues of class, economics, and politics back into a period seen currently almost exclusively through race The book is disjointed in places and sometimes fumbles in discussing racial issues, but not always Indeed, Leigh makes a good case for Populism actually signalling the start of Jim Crow, a subversion of the Woodward argument At the bare minimum, Leigh makes a farce of the increasingly popular argument that the South lost the war and won the peace It is a statement as ludicrous as anything in the much maligned Dunning school.Given the monotony of Reconstruction histories that focus on the evil racist South stereotype this book is challenging and refreshing The book is not really a 5 but I rate higher for being a voice in the wilderness I would encourage people wanting to do something fresh and new in the field to go Leigh s route and bring back class, economics, and politics wh...

  2. says:

    This is a refreshing look into Reconstruction in the South after the Civil War Leigh provides a plethora of primary sources, statistics, and a smattering of photographs in this must read book There is a lot here that we weren t taught in school, or co

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