The Great Task Remaining Before Us Reconstruction as America's Continuing Civil War

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-07-08
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press

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Through informative case studies, this illuminating book remaps considerations of the Civil War and Reconstruction era by charting the ways in which the needs, interests, and experiences of going to war, fighting it, and making sense of it informed and directed politics, public life, social change, and cultural memory after the war’s end. In doing so, it shows that the war” did not actually end with Lee’s surrender at Appomattox and Lincoln’s assassination in Washington. As the contributors show, major issues remained, including defining freedom”; rebuilding the South; integrating women and blacks into postwar society, culture, and polities; deciding the place of the military in public life; demobilizing or redeploying soldiers; organizing a new party system; and determining the scope and meanings of union.”

Author Biography

Paul A. Cimbala is Professor of History at Fordham University and editor of the Press's series The North's Civil War and Reconstructing America.

Randall M. Miller is Professor of History and holder of the William Dirk Warren Sesquicentennial Chair at Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: An Unfinished Warp. 1
A Victory Spoiled: West Tennessee Unionists during Reconstructionp. 9
"I Wanted a Gun": Black Soldiers and White Violence in Civil War and Postwar Kentucky and Missourip. 30
"The Rebel Spirit in Kentucky": The Politics of Readjustment in a Border State, 1865-1868p. 54
The Crucible of Reconstruction: Unionists and the Struggle for Alabama's Postwar Home Frontp. 69
"A New Field of Labor": Antislavery Women, Freedmen's Aid, and Political Powerp. 88
"Objects of Humanity": The White Poor in Civil War and Reconstruction Georgiap. 101
Racial Identity and Reconstruction: New Orleans's Free People of Color and the Dilemma of Emancipationp. 122
"My Children on the Field": Wade Hampton, Biography, and the Roots of the Lost Causep. 139
Rebels in War and Peace: Their Ethos and Its Impactp. 154
Reconstructing Loyalty: Love, Fear, and Power in the Postwar Southp. 173
Reconstructing the Nation, Reconstructing the Party: Postwar Republicans and the Evolution of a Partyp. 183
Notesp. 205
List of Contributorsp. 259
Indexp. 261
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