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The Ordeal of the Reunion: A New History of Reconstruction

Mark Wahlgren Summers


For the past several decades, scholarship on the Reconstruction era has placed the struggles of the recently enslaved for a meaningful freedom at the center of discussions about the period's policies, successes, and failures. But this book synthesizes and reorients the existing scholarship to focus on the loyal citizenry that imposed Reconstruction and the defeated Confederates who had to come to terms with it. Arguing that by war's end, the chief aim of Reconstruction was to unite permanently the nation and to end slavery without sacrificing the basic political framework of Republican democra ... More

Keywords: Reconstruction, Confederate, white citizenry, Union, Civil War, emancipation, slavery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469617572
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617572.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Wahlgren Summers, author
University of Kentucky