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I am going to post links to book reviews on Civil War Talk that are about works devoted to the Reconstruction Era or that cover aspects of Reconstruction within a broader period. This is in response to inquiries about suggested books on Reconstruction.

Reconstruction: Voices from America’s First Great Struggle for Racial Equality edited by Brooks Simpson published by The Library of America (2018) $40.00 Hardcover $19.99 Kindle.

A carefully curated collection of documents from the Reconstruction Era edited with introductions and annotations by one of the most respected historians of the post-war period.
 

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I am going to post links to book reviews on Civil War Talk that are about works devoted to the Reconstruction Era or that cover aspects of Reconstruction within a broader period. This is in response to inquiries about suggested books on Reconstruction.

Reconstruction: Voices from America’s First Great Struggle for Racial Equality edited by Brooks Simpson published by The Library of America (2018) $40.00 Hardcover $19.99 Kindle.

A carefully curated collection of documents from the Reconstruction Era edited with introductions and annotations by one of the most respected historians of the post-war period.
Good idea.
 

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Wade Hampton: Confederate Warrior to Southern Redeemer by Rod Andrew, Jr. published by University of North Carolina Press (2008) Hardcover $47.50 Paperback $26.00 Kindle $9.99.

This biography of Wade Hampton gives a detailed account of Hampton's post-war career. Hampton was one of the most important Redeemer leaders and a key player in the restoration of white supremacy in South Carolina.
 

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Thomas Nast: The Father of Modern Political Cartoons by Fiona Deans Halloran published by University of North Carolina Press (2013) 380 pages Hardcover $29.95 Kindle $17.49.

Nast's cartooning career began before the Civil War, but he only gained a national following during the war and Reconstruction. This volume offers evidence that for more than a decade he was an influential voice for black suffrage and against white terrorism.
 
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I am going to post links to book reviews on Civil War Talk that are about works devoted to the Reconstruction Era or that cover aspects of Reconstruction within a broader period. This is in response to inquiries about suggested books on Reconstruction.

Reconstruction: Voices from America’s First Great Struggle for Racial Equality edited by Brooks Simpson published by The Library of America (2018) $40.00 Hardcover $19.99 Kindle.

A carefully curated collection of documents from the Reconstruction Era edited with introductions and annotations by one of the most respected historians of the post-war period.
I am looking forward to this. I was very impressed with the work that Simpson et al. did in the book series The Civil War: As Told by Those Who Lived It, also from the Library of America. I anticipate that this book will meet the same standards as the Civil War series.

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I am looking forward to this. I was very impressed with the work that Simpson et al. did in the book series The Civil War: As Told by Those Who Lived It, also from the Library of America. I anticipate that this book will meet the same standards as the Civil War series.

- Alan
I enjoyed reading it Alan. I am no expert on Reconstruction, but I have read dozens of books on the subject over the last five years and there was a good amount in here that I had not seen before.
 
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My pleasure. I am also working on a Reconstruction Timeline.
What other tools would be good to help folks new to Reconstruction Era studies?
A timeline would be incredibly helpful!

I’ll have to think more on that, regarding what would be most helpful. I have a general understanding, but I’m not fully aware of a lot of events that occurred or who influenced them. This may stem from ignorance, as I haven’t looked too much at the Reconstruction Era, but a better understanding of what was happening on the ground level in the North and South would be helpful. I’d be particularly interested in learning more about perspectives on rights for blacks and defending those rights in the face of the KKK and Southern Redeemers. How did the North perceive those events? Was there anything done beyond “Gasp! They must be stopped!” or something to that effect? Again, I may be speaking from ignorance, and these things are widely known. If that is the case, feel free to point me in the right direction and tell me to stop yapping and start reading!
 

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A timeline would be incredibly helpful!

I’ll have to think more on that, regarding what would be most helpful. I have a general understanding, but I’m not fully aware of a lot of events that occurred or who influenced them. This may stem from ignorance, as I haven’t looked too much at the Reconstruction Era, but a better understanding of what was happening on the ground level in the North and South would be helpful. I’d be particularly interested in learning more about perspectives on rights for blacks and defending those rights in the face of the KKK and Southern Redeemers. How did the North perceive those events? Was there anything done beyond “Gasp! They must be stopped!” or something to that effect? Again, I may be speaking from ignorance, and these things are widely known. If that is the case, feel free to point me in the right direction and tell me to stop yapping and start reading!
here is the Timeline I have been compiling so far:

https://www.sutori.com/story/the-reconstruction-era-eddc8926-0047-407c-a25f-bccd0f941ca9

Let me know what you think.
 


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