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The Death of Reconstruction: Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post-Civil War North, 1865-1901

by Richardson, Heather Cox
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Retail Price: $18.95
Issue: Fall 2004
ISBN: 0674013662

This study revisits the retreat of Reconstruction through personal correspondence, official government documents, and popular literature of the day. Richardson tracks the sway of northern sentiment from Reconstruction to 1900. Convinced that white racism and political expediency were not the only reasons for the end of Reconstruction, Richardson puts forth an alternative theory based on class conflict. This title is newly available in paperback.

review of The Death of Reconstruction: Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post-Civil War North, 1865-1901, by Richardson, Heather Cox, Civil War Book Review, (Fall 2004).