Previous histories of Reconstruction have focused on Washington politics. But in The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America’s Most Progressive Era, a sweeping, prodigiously researched narrative, Douglas Egerton brings a much bigger, even more dramatic story into view, exploring state and local politics and tracing the struggles of some fifteen hundred African-American officeholders, in both the North and South, who fought entrenched white resistance. Tragically, their movement was met by ruthless violence-not just riotous mobs, but also targeted assassination. With stark evidence, Egerton shows that Reconstruction, often cast as a "failure" or a doomed experiment, was rolled back by murderous force.
The descendant of North Carolina slaveholders, Douglas R. Egerton writes about the intersections of race and politics in early America. Egerton received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University and has taught at Le Moyne College, Colgate University, Cornell University, and the University College Dublin. The author of seven books, including Year of Meteors: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election That Brought on the Civil War, and He Shall Go Out Free: The Lives of Denmark Vesey.
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