Reconstruction in Alabama presented by Michael Fitzgerald

Here’s a presentation on Reconstruction in Alabama sponsored by the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

The video’s description reads, “Released in March 2017 by LSU Press, Reconstruction in Alabama: From Civil War to Redemption in the Cotton State offers a compelling and innovative new look at the process of rebuilding Alabama following the Civil War. Focusing on an array of issues largely ignored until now, Fitzgerald analyzes the differences over slavery, secession, and war that divided Alabama’s whites, mostly along the lines of region and class. By examining the economic and political implications of defeat, he demonstrates that class and regional divisions over economic policy, as much as racial tension, shaped the complex reality of Reconstruction in Alabama. Michael Fitzgerald received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1986 and is currently Professor of History at St. Olaf College, where he teaches southern and African American history. His work deals centrally with Alabama in the Civil War era. Fitzgerald is the author of several books, including The Union League Movement in the Deep South: Politics and Agricultural Change during Reconstruction, Urban Emancipation: Popular Politics in Reconstruction Mobile, 1860-1890 and Splendid Failure: Postwar Reconstruction in the American South.

The Alabama Department of Archives and History is the state’s government records repository, special collections library and research facility, and is home to the Museum of Alabama, the state history museum. It is located in downtown Montgomery, directly across the street from the State Capitol.”


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