41. A Short History of Reconstruction: Eric Foner

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41. A Short History of Reconstruction: Eric Foner

Post  Patguy on Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:04 am

An abridged history of Foner’s much longer Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution. A little dry, but I learned a lot about the period. Briefly: Reconstruction was a good idea; it started off well but was almost immediately compromised by political, business and plantation interests; it did not accomplish what it was intended to, and left African-Americans very badly off; and Andrew Johnson was an total asshole.

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