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Emancipation and Reconstruction, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-88295-995-5
January 2003, ©2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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An adept distillation of the scholarship that has been produced since the 1950s-thoughtfully reorganized and updated to include a consideration of new works that have appeared since 1987-this new edition of Michael Perman's highly popular book examines the ways in which historians have interpreted what was perhaps the largest program of domestic reform undertaken in the history of the United States.

In addition to accessing the impact of what might best be described as a maturation of the Revisionist history of Emancipation and Reconstruction, Perman introduces previously neglected areas of interest that have assumed new significance, such as the nature of the southern labor system after slavery and the role of African Americans in Reconstruction politics.

The result is a lucid portrait of the post-Civil War years, one reluctant to employ such simplistic and judgemental terms as success or failure in assessing the complex problems of rebuilding the nation.

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Table of Contents

Foreword VII

Acknowledgments, Second Edition XI

Acknowledgments, First Edition XIII

Introduction: Emancipation and Reconstruction in History 1

Chapter One: Shaping Emancipation, 1861-1870 6

From Slave Labor to Free Labor 7

The Response to Emancipation 12

The Impact of Emancipation 27

Chapter Two: Planning Reconstruction, 1865-1868 40

Presidential Reconstruction 40

Congressional Reconstruction 51

Chapter Three: Implementing Reconstruction, 1868-1873 73

The Republican Party in the South 73

The Achievement of Southern Reconstruction 86

Chapter Four: Ending Reconstruction, 1874-1879 103

Collapse in the South 103

Neglect in the North 118

Conclusion: The Dilemma of Reconstruction 142

Bibliographical Essay 145

Index 163

Photographs follow page 92

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Author Information

Michael Perman is Professor of History and Research Professor in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his B.A. at Oxford University and his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He has written three books on the late nineteenth century South—Reunion Without Compromise: The South and Reconstruction, 1865-1868 (1973), The Road to Redemption: Southern Politics, 1869-1879 (1984), which won three book prizes, and Struggle for Mastery: Disfranchisement in the South, 1888-1908 (2001). He is also editor of Major Problems in the Civil War and Reconstruction (1998), The Coming of the American Civil War (1993), and Perspectives on the American Past (1995). He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1979-80 and has been appointed the John Adams Distinguished Professor in American History in the Netherlands, 2002-2003.

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