reconstruction

  1. Belle Montgomery

    The Civil War Governors of Mississippi Project's 50,000 Civil War-era letters to governors will be available online to read

    50,000 Civil War-era letters collected from ordinary citizens. Letters to be made available to public as part of Civil War Governors of Mississippi Project. Only other project of this kind in U.S. is in Kentucky. When you want to let a state politician know what you're thinking, you might pick...
  2. Belle Montgomery

    Reconstruction, one of the most misunderstood chapters in American history

    From left: Senator Hiram Revels of Mississippi, and Representatives Benjamin Turner of Alabama, Robert DeLarge of South Carolina, Josiah Walls of Florida, Jefferson Long of Georgia, and Joseph Rainey and Robert B. Elliot of South Carolina. - Currier and Ives, 1872 Call it the original "Great...
  3. O' Be Joyful

    CBS Sunday Morning: Reconstruction, one of the most misunderstood chapters in American history.

    This was broadcast on CBS Sunday Morning today, 4-7-2019, and I recommend for all. It is well done. Reconstruction, one of the most misunderstood chapters in American history Call it the original "Great Escape." On May 13, 1862, just over a year into the Civil War, an enslaved man named Robert...
  4. Pat Young

    Harriet Jacobs Describes Her Relief Work Among Liberated Former Slaves Near Savannah in 1866 WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

    Freedpeople in Charleston from Frank Leslie's April 25, 1865. Harriet Jacobs is today a well-known author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. In 1866 she was providing relief to freedpeople in Coastal Carolina and Georgia. Here is one of her letters describing the situation in which she...
  5. Joshism

    Political Reconstruction in Florida

    Jerrell H. Shofner. "Political Reconstruction in Florida." Florida Historical Quarterly. Vol. 45, No. 2 (Oct 1966) https://www.jstor.org/stable/30147741 A 26-page article available for free through JSTOR (if you sign up for a free account you can read a limited number of articles each month)...
  6. Cavalry Charger

    Ulysses S. Grant, Reconstruction and Civil Rights

    'Tuesday, February 26, 5:30–8 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum. Former Rhode Island Chief Justice Frank Williams will present “Ulysses S. Grant, Reconstruction, and Civil Rights” in association with the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at Mississippi State University. Free, for more...
  7. M

    What if reconstruction looked a little bit different

    Disclaimer: I DO NOT WISH TO OFFEND. I love all people. I wish no ill will to anyone or their ancestors from 150 years ago. As we all know only one confederate leader was tried and then executed after the war. I forget the name... I’m sure it’s around... but he was commander at the prison...
  8. wbull1

    Colfax Massacre or Riot?

    With the discussion of removing Confederate Memorials, I wonder, what should be done with the one below? On April 13, Easter Sunday, in Colfax, Louisiana, more than 300 armed white men, including members of white supremacist organizations such as the Knights of White Camellia and the Ku Klux...
  9. WJC

    Is the Abbeville Institute a Reliable Source for Information Related to the Civil War?

    Frankly, until I joined the discussions in this Forum I had never heard of the Abbeville Institute. I am still largely ignorant of its views. I'd like to have a calm, reasoned, civil discussion on its value as a source of information about the Civil War, its causes and its effect on America. Thanks!
  10. Pat Young

    Book Review Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight

    Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight published by Simon & Schuster 913 pages (2018) $37.50 Hardcover $14.99 Kindle Note: I read the Kindle Edition David Blight has written a wonderful biography of Frederick Douglass that is likely to be the standard against which other work...
  11. Pat Young

    Book Review The 1868 St. Bernard Parish Massacre: Blood in the Cane Fields by C. Dier

    The 1868 St. Bernard Parish Massacre: Blood in the Cane Fields by C. Dier published by History Press (2017) 147 pages Harcover $23.99, Paperback $20.16, Kindle $6.04. This thin book describes a little known massacre of African Americans by white Democrats in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. The...
  12. ForeverFree

    "We will not allow n****** to come among us and brag about having been in the yankee army"

    There was much animus towards southern African Americans among white southerners after the Civil War. Something as simple as an African American's pride in his military service could become a flashpoint for violence. Consider this case, from post-war Virginia: Freedmen's Bureau Agent at...
  13. ForeverFree

    Richard Brown gets 40 acres… for a while, at least.

    Richard Brown gets 40 acres… for a while, at least. Land Order for Richard Brown, April 1, 1865: “permission is hereby granted to Richard Brown to take possession of and occupy forty acres of land,” situated in St. Andrews Parish, Island of James. South Carolina, Berkley District. Image...
  14. Pat Young

    Book Review Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868). How can you review a book on its 150th anniversary that 90% of your female friends read when they were girls and almost none of your male friends would have been caught dead reading? I am guessing that most of the men here will skip this review and most...
  15. Pat Young

    Why Little Women Endures: A Novel's Sesquicentennial

    The first volume of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott was published 150 years ago in 1868. The New Republic looks at "Why Little Women Endures." https://newrepublic.com/article/150579/little-women-endures-louisa-may-alcott-anne-boyd-rioux
  16. Pat Young

    Book Review Across the Bloody Chasm: The Culture of Commemoration Among Civil War Veterans by M. Keith Harris

    Across the Bloody Chasm: The Culture of Commemoration Among Civil War Veterans by M. Keith Harris published by LSU Press (2014) Hardcover $42.50 Kindle $26.49. This book explores commemorative traditions developed by Union and Confederate veterans after the Civil War. The author, Keith Harris...
  17. G

    What if... Booth Fails?

    Booth enters the box, aims his highly unreliable Philadelphia Derringer, pulls the trigger and... misfire. Major Rathbone, noticing the assain, moves to subdue Booth. Others, upon hearing the commotion quickly lend aid to the Presidential party. Booth is taken in hand and turned over to the...
  18. Pat Young

    Book Review West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America After the Civil War by Heather Cox Richardson

    West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America After the Civil War by Heather Cox Richardson published by Yale University Press (2008) 416 pages Kindle $11.95 Heather Cox Richardson tells the story of the Long Reconstruction from 1865 until 1901 through the eyes and lives of those who...
  19. Pat Young

    Book Review Reconstruction: A Concise History by Allen C. Guelzo published by Oxford University Press (2018)

    Reconstruction: A Concise History by Allen C. Guelzo published by Oxford University Press (2018) 188 pages $18.95 Hardcover $11.49 Kindle This was not a book that I was intending to read. When Allen Guelzo's short history of Reconstruction came out in April I took a quick look at it and decided...
  20. Pat Young

    Book Review Reconstruction's Ragged Edge: The Politics of Postwar Life in the Southern Mountains By Steven Nash

    Reconstruction's Ragged Edge: The Politics of Postwar Life in the Southern Mountains By Steven E. Nash Published by University of North Carolina Press (2016) $39.95 Hardcover, $27,95 Paperback, $9.99 Kindle. @DRW is one of the few real experts on Reconstruction on Civil War Talk. When I first...
  21. Belle Montgomery

    PBS Announces 'Reconstruction: America After the Civil War,' A New Documentary -Henry Louis Gates

    to Air Spring 2019 on PBS: Today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, PBS announced RECONSTRUCTION: AMERICA AFTER THE CIVIL WAR (w.t.), a new four-hour documentary executive produced and hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., will premiere next spring on PBS stations nationwide...
  22. Joshism

    Florida Land Fraud

    More from Amos Cummings aka Ziska about Reconstruction Florida. Dateline April 1, 1873. Originally published in the New York Sun on May 28 and New York Weekly on Sun May 30. Reprinted in Frolicking Bears, Wet Vultures, and other Oddities edited by Jerald Milanich (UF Press 2005), pages 116-124...
  23. Joshism

    The Lake City Outrage of 1873

    I'm reading the colorfully titled Frolicking Bears, Wet Vultures, and other Oddities: A New York City Journalist in Nineteenth-Century Florida by Jerald T. Milanich & Amos J. Cummings (University Press of Florida, 2005). Cummings was a New York City journalist, Democrat, and Civil War veteran...
  24. Pat Young

    Ulysses S. Grant Statue in Brooklyn, N.Y. Photo Tour

    Grant Statue Brooklyn, N.Y. Major General Ulysses S. Grant is remembered at several locations in New York City. Grant's Tomb is the most famous memorial, but the often ignored Grant Statue in Brooklyn is one of the oldest equestrian representations of the general and president. I stopped by...
  25. Belle Montgomery

    Willie Lee Rose, influential historian of slavery and Reconstruction dies

    by Harrison Smith June 27 at 4:32 PM announced the death but did not give a cause. Willie Lee Rose, a historian whose short but brilliant career helped steer the study of slavery and Reconstruction away from white slaveholders and toward freed African Americans — and who oversaw a gender...
  26. WJC

    Grant, Reconstruction and the KKK

    "At the time of Ulysses S. Grant's election to the presidency, white supremacists were conducting a reign of terror throughout the South. In outright defiance of the Republican-led federal government, Southern Democrats formed organizations that violently intimidated blacks and Republicans who...
  27. H

    How Tariffs Promote Monopolies

    Tariffs were the primary source of federal government revenues in the nineteenth century. Those that were higher than necessary to fund the government were generally termed protective tariffs because they were intended to protect domestic manufacturers from more economical producers overseas. As...
  28. Pat Young

    Book Review Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom by Heather Andrea Williams

    Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom by Heather Andrea Williams published by University of North Carolina Press (2007) $29.95 Paperback $18.83 Kindle. Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom by Heather Andrea Williams begins with the story of...
  29. Pat Young

    David Blight Reviews Chernow's "Grant" and Grant's "Personal Memoirs"

    Historian David Blight Reviews Ron Chernow's "Grant" in the New York Review of Books this week. He also looks at the new edition of Grant's "Personal Memoirs" issued last year: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/05/24/ulysses-grant-silent-type/
  30. Pat Young

    Book Review Freedom After Slavery: The Black Experience and the Freedmen's Bureau in Reconstruction Texas

    Freedom After Slavery: The Black Experience and the Freedmen's Bureau in Reconstruction Texas by Lavonne Jackson Leslie (2012) $26.95 Hardcover, $16.96 Paper, $3.99 Kindle. I normally don't review self-published books, but I have to say that I found a lot in this volume that was interesting...
  31. Pat Young

    Book Review Texas after the Civil War: The Struggle of Reconstruction by Carl H. Moneyhon

    Texas after the Civil War: The Struggle of Reconstruction by Carl H. Moneyhon published by Texas A&M Press (2004) 248 pages. Kindle $14.68, Paperback $19.95. Carl Moneyhon is a leading expert on the Civil War and Reconstruction in Arkansas and Texas. His Texas After the Civil War gives a...
  32. Pat Young

    Book Review From Slavery to Uncertain Freedom: The Freedmen's Bureau in Arkansas, 1865-1869 by Randy Finley

    From Slavery to Uncertain Freedom: The Freedman's Bureau in Arkansas 1865-1869 (Black Community Studies) by Randy Finley published by The University of Arkansas Press (1996) 229 pages; $19.95 Paperback. From March, 1865 to 1869, the agents of the Freedmen's Bureau were the thin line separating...
  33. wausaubob

    Empire Express

    Building the First Transcontinental Railroad David Haward Bain. Penguin Group, New York 1999. Rich in detail, superbly written, it is a treat to read. Let me quote from p. 689 describing a quote from a Republican Congressman about the developing Credit Mobilier scandal: "'Oh, you know...
  34. Joshism

    Colored Citizen of Florida Praises Election of E. A. Perry

    I came across the accompanying article in January 29, 1885 issue of the Florida Star, a newspaper published in Titusville on the Florida East Coast. The letter purports to me from T. L. McCoy of Keuka, Putnam County, Florida (central Florida, between Palatka and Gainesville), described as "one...
  35. Pat Young

    Book Review The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America's Most Progressive Era by Egerton

    The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America's Most Progressive Era by Douglas R. Egerton published by Bloomsbury Press (2014) 448 pages. $30.00 Hardcover, $22.00 Paperback, $9.99 Kindle. This recent history of Reconstruction keeps its lens firmly focused on African...
  36. Pat Young

    Textbook Racism: How scholars sustained white supremacy

    Donald Yacovone of Harvard University has an interesting article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on the depiction of slavery and Reconstruction in American textbooks: https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Scholars-Sustained-White/243053
  37. Pat Young

    Book Review The Ordeal of the Reunion: A New History of Reconstruction by Mark Wahlgren Summers

    The Ordeal of the Reunion: A New History of Reconstruction by Mark Wahlgren Summers published by the University of North Carolina Press (2014) 522 pages Hardcover $42.00, Kindle $9.99. I am often asked to recommend books on the Reconstruction Era. I am no expert on Reconstruction, but over the...
  38. Pat Young

    Forbes reviews The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gil

    Forbes reviews the most talked about Reconstruction book of 2017. From the review: In The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865 – 1896, retired historian Richard White has provided a portrait of a society much like our own. In the final...
  39. Pat Young

    New Play "Stranger Disease" focuses on New Orleans at the end of Reconstruction

    The New Orleans Advocate has a review of the new play Stranger Disease set in the Crescent City in 1878 at the end of Reconstruction. http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/entertainment_life/arts/article_4360c60c-2fbb-11e8-b8cd-4736233d2448.html


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