Matt’s Book Blog recently read and reviewed The Era of Reconstruction, 1865-1877 by Kenneth M. Stampp for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge. Here’s a sample:
Kenneth M. Stampp (1912 – 2009) is well-known among historians of American history for his masterful overview of race-based chattel slavery, The Peculiar Institution. This history of the Reconstruction era is readable for us non-experts who may vaguely recall Reconstruction as portrayed the notorious movie “Birth of a Nation” which painted the era as one marked by cruel military occupation of the South, suspension of civil rights of the downtrodden white yeoman, ignorant legislators, insufferable taxes, and widespread corruption.
Read the full review.
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