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 Posted: Fri Mar 28th, 2008 07:55 am
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Anyone know of a decent introduction to the reconstruction period? I tried Eric Foner's bulky 'Reconstruction' but struggled to get through the first chapter. Having spent time on the pre-war period it's time to look at what happened next (or at least it will be once I've cleared my current backlog).



 Posted: Fri Mar 28th, 2008 08:32 am
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Try the cut down version, Eric Foner and Olivia Mahoney "Americas Reconstruction, People and Politcs after the Civil War". A mere 136 pages including many photos but a pretty good general overview without going too deep. Available both from Amazon and Play.com.



 Posted: Fri Mar 28th, 2008 08:39 am
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Should have added to that , volume 25 of the Time Life Civil War series" The Nation Reunited"



 Posted: Fri Mar 28th, 2008 02:09 pm
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'Those Terrible Carpetbaggers' by Current gives a good worms-eye view of half-a-dozen stories.

The stories are local ones with ocasional forays into national politics but the sweep of each is easy to grasp.


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 Posted: Fri Mar 28th, 2008 03:33 pm
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John Hope Franklin wrote "Reconstruction After The Civil War" which weighs in at 280 pages, although I would recommend giving Foner's book another try. It remains the standard work on the subject.

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Rob



 Posted: Sun Mar 30th, 2008 03:45 pm
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Much obliged to all of you.
At this stage I think I'll try for the grand sweep to see what trends and issue catch my attention first.



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