Category Reconstruction

Reunion Without Compromise

This book by Michael Perman considers Southern views of Presidential Reconstruction and the early years of Congressional Reconstruction. In the Preface, he tells us, “The post-war status and position of the Confederacy’s political leadership was what Northern policy-makers believed reunion and reconstruction were all about. Should the post-bellum South continue to be led by the […]

Custer’s Last Stand

This Sunday is the 141st anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, also known as “Custer’s Last Stand.” June 25, 1876 was a shock to the United States. Custer was the most famous Indian fighter in the army at the time. As the nation was preparing to celebrate its centennial, the news came […]

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. […]

Georgia v. Stanton

The citation for this case is 73 US [6 Wall.] 50. This is a case out of Reconstruction where Georgia challenged the constitutionality of the Reconstruction Acts and sought to keep Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant, and Third Military District Commander Major General John Pope from enforcing those acts. Georgia […]

The Ordeal of the Reunion

This excellent book by Professor Mark W. Summers is a fresh look at Reconstruction, giving us a new perspective different from that we get in the standard works on the subject. Professor Summers writes, “This book’s perspective is, in essence, different from others, and that difference is defined in part by its place in a […]

Legacy of Reconstruction Panel Discussion

Here’s a panel discussion with the distinguished historians Eric Foner, Edna Greene Medford, and David Blight speaking with Harold Holzer on Reconstruction. The video’s description reads, “Historians and authors talked about the legacy of Reconstruction. They speculated on Abraham Lincoln’s plans for the post-Civil War period had he not been assassinated, and they discussed the […]

State of Mississippi v. Johnson

The citation for this case is 71 US 475. In reaction to the Reconstruction Acts, the State of Mississippi brought suit to keep Andrew Johnson and the US Government from enforcing those laws. As the introduction to the case tells us, “This was a motion made by Messrs. Sharkey and R. J. Walker, on behalf […]