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Black reconstruction : an essay toward a history of the part which Black folk played in the attempt to reconstruct democracy in America, 1860-1880, & other writings / W.E.B. Du Bois ; Eric Foner and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., editors.

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  • ISBN: 9781598537031
  • ISBN: 1598537032
  • Physical Description: print
    xii, 1085 pages ; 21 cm.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : The Library of America, [2021]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 1005-1039) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Black reconstruction. The black worker ; The white worker ; The planter ; The general strike ; The coming of the Lord ; Looking backward ; Looking forward ; Transubstantiation of a poor white ; The price of disaster ; The black proletariat in South Carolina ; The black proletariat in Mississippi and Louisiana ; The white proletariat in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida ; The duel for labor control on border and frontier ; Counter-revolution of property ; Founding the public school ; Back toward slavery ; The propaganda of history -- Other writings: Of the dawn of freedom (1901/1903) ; Reconstruction and its benefits (1910) ; The experts (1913) ; The reconstruction of freedom (1924).
Summary, etc.: A definitive edition of the landmark book that forever changed our understanding of the Civil War's aftermath and the legacy of racism in America. Upon publication in 1935, W.E.B. Du Bois's now classic Black Reconstruction offered a revelatory new assessment of Reconstruction--and of American democracy itself. One of the towering African American thinkers and activists of the twentieth century, Du Bois brought all his intellectual powers to bear on the nation's post-Civil War era of political reorganization, a time when African American progress was met with a white supremacist backlash and ultimately yielded to the consolidation of the unjust social order of Jim Crow. Black Reconstruction is a pioneering work of revisionist scholarship that, in the wake of the censorship of Du Bois's characterization of Reconstruction by the Encyclopedia Britannica, was written to debunk influential historians whose racist ideas and emphases had disfigured the historical record. "The chief witness in Reconstruction, the emancipated slave himself," Du Bois argued, "has been almost barred from court. His written Reconstruction record has been largely destroyed and nearly always neglected." In setting the record straight Du Bois produced what co-editor Eric Foner has called an "indispensable book," a magisterial work of detached scholarship that is also imbued with passionate outrage. Black Reconstruction is joined here for the first time with important writings that trace Du Bois's thinking throughout his career about Reconstruction and its centrality in understanding the tortured course of democracy in America.
Subject: Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
African Americans Suffrage
African Americans History 1863-1877
African Americans Politics and government 19th century
African Americans Employment History 19th century
United States Politics and government 1865-1877
Genre: Essays.
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