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A Short History of Reconstruction (Updated Edition) by Eric Foner

By Eric Foner

From the "preeminent historian of Reconstruction" (New York instances publication Review), a newly up-to-date AND abridged version of the prizewinning vintage at the post–Civil warfare interval that formed smooth America.

In this up-to-date version of the abridged Reconstruction, Eric Foner redefines how the post-Civil conflict interval was once considered.

Reconstruction chronicles the best way Americans—black and white—responded to the unparalleled alterations unleashed by way of the battle and the tip of slavery. It addresses the search of emancipated slaves looking for financial autonomy and equivalent citizenship, and describes the reworking of Southern society, the evolution of racial attitudes and styles of race relatives, and the emergence of a countrywide nation owning significantly extended authority and dedicated, for a time, to the main of equivalent rights for all americans.

This "masterful therapy of 1 of the main complicated classes of yank history" (New Republic) is still the normal paintings at the wrenching post-Civil conflict period—an period whose legacy nonetheless reverberates within the usa at the present time.

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Ruth Herndon concentrated on lives of a much smaller set of the poor, only forty or so New Englanders. 20 To let the poor whites of Charleston tell their own stories, this book relies on letters and oral testimonies delivered by parents, their relatives and neighbors, their employers, and occasionally their children. By tracking one individual in as many different records as possible, it aims to follow particular lives over time. The poor families of Charleston are at the heart of this book, but the events that made up their lives, as documented here, illuminate from a completely new historical perspective the processes that moved Charleston as a whole.

Gradually commissioners developed the notion of the Orphan House as an all-or-nothing proposition and decreed an end to sleeping out. 14 Commissioners wanted to make the Orphan House an allencompassing environment for its charges. With so many surviving parents and extended family members in town who were eager to see their little ones (and vice versa), the Orphan House became an institution that filled the interstices among other components of Charleston’s civic society. 15 And to protect the children from the temptations of the city, as well as the citizens from the occasional wild child, a new building would be necessary.

A latecomer to the Beth Elohim sermon, who somehow missed the collection basket, sent twenty dollars, and one member of St. Philip’s offered ten pounds. A jury in the Court of Common Pleas contributed five pounds five shillings. One raffish Charlestonian explained that his ten pounds were the winnings from a bet with a friend. These sums added up as well. By September 1, 1793, religious congregations had contributed a total of £872, while gifts from fraternal societies and other groups and individuals amounted to £966.

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