Books: Non-Fiction

A Short History of Reconstruction, Updated Edition

Time Periods: 19th Century, 1865, 1877
Themes: Reconstruction, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance

A Short History of Reconstruction, Updated Edition (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryA newly updated, abridged edition of the prize-winning classic work on the post-Civil War period which shaped modern America.

In A Short History of Reconstruction, Eric Foner redefines how the post-Civil War period was viewed. Foner chronicles the way in which Americans — Black and white — responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the war and the end of slavery. It addresses the quest of emancipated slaves’ searching for economic autonomy and equal citizenship, and describes the remodeling of Southern society; the evolution of racial attitudes and patterns of race relations; and the emergence of a national state possessing vastly expanded authority and one committed, for a time, to the principle of equal rights for all Americans. [Publisher’s description.]

ISBN: 9780062370860 | HarperCollins

Learn more in the Zinn Education Project national report, “Erasing the Black Freedom Struggle: How State Standards Fail to Teach the Truth About Reconstruction,” and find teaching resources on Reconstruction below.