Forever free : the story of emancipation and Reconstruction
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Forever free : the story of emancipation and Reconstruction

By Foner, Eric, 1943-
Brown, Joshua, 1949-
Forever Free, Inc.

Published 2005 by Knopf : New York by Distributed by Random House,

ISBN 9780375402593

Bib Id 978555

Edition 1st ed.

Description xxx, 268 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.

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2005-40706 57557510
ISBN
0375402594 (hbk.) : $27.50
0375702741 (pbk.) : $15.00
9780375402593
Call #
973.8 F
Title
Forever free : the story of emancipation and Reconstruction
Edition
1st ed.
Publication Information
by Knopf : New York : by Distributed by Random House,
Description
xxx, 268 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Note
"Forever Free project : Stephen B. Brier, Peter O. Almond, executive editors/producers ; Christine Doudna, editor."
Paperback published by Vintage in 2006.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-244) and index.
Contents
The peculiar institution -- True likenesses -- Forever free -- Re-visions of war -- The meanings of freedom -- Altered relations -- An American crisis -- The tocsin of freedom -- On the offensive -- The facts of reconstruction -- Countersigns -- The abandonment of reconstruction -- Jim Crow -- The unfinished revolution.
Summary
This new examination of the years of Emancipation and Reconstruction during and immediately following the Civil War emphasizes the era's political and cultural meaning for today's America. Historian Foner overturns numerous assumptions growing out of the traditional understanding of the period, which is based almost exclusively on white sources and shaped by (often unconscious) racism. He presents the period as a time of determination, especially on the part of recently emancipated black Americans, to put into effect the principles of equal rights and citizenship for all. He makes clear how, by war's end, freed slaves built on networks of church and family in order to exercise their right of suffrage as well as gain access to education, land, and employment, and shows that the birth of the Ku Klux Klan and renewed acts of racial violence were retaliation for the progress made by blacks soon after the war.--From publisher description.

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