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

ISBN-10: 0674013662

ISBN-13: 9780674013667

Edition: 2001

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Description: 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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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 330
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.21" long x 0.71" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Heather Cox Richardsonis Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author ofWest from Appomattox;The Greatest Nation of the Earth; andThe Death of Reconstruction. She lives in Winchester, Massachusetts.

Preface
Prologue: The View from Atlanta, 1895
The Northern Postwar Vision, 1865-4867
The Mixed Blessing of Universal Suffrage, 1867-1870
Black Workers and the South Carolina Government, 1871-1875
Civil Rights and the Growth of the National Government, 1870-1883
The Black Exodus from the South, 1879-1880
The Un-American Negro, 1880-1900
Epilogue
Notes
Index
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