Category Archives: Reconstruction

Echoes of Reconstruction: Jubal Early, Stonewall Jackson, and the Enduring Lost Cause

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog. Whenever an academic historian ventures onto popular Civil War media to discuss the Lost Cause interpretation of the war and its aftermath, anyone reading the comments will note … Continue reading

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Birth of a [Racist] Nation

It’s human nature for people to gravitate toward stories and media that line up with their perceptions of themselves, their communities, and their interpretation of history. Those stories then pass into popular consciousness, becoming part of the identity of the … Continue reading

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Echoes of Reconstruction: Grant’s Bicentennial and His Changing Assessment

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog Last month’s commemorations of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Ulysses S. Grant helped to place the general and president in the perspectives of the various decades … Continue reading

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The Louisiana Unification Movement and the Political Limits of Reconstruction

In the messy annals of Reconstruction, one of the most perplexing episodes was the short-lived but fascinating Unification Movement of Louisiana. A New Orleans political alliance of both black and white elites, the movement tried to merge concerns over corruption … Continue reading

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Echoes of Reconstruction: President Grant Reorganized the White House As Soon As He Took Office

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog Ulysses S. Grant was sworn in as president on March 4, 1869. The immensely unpopular incumbent Andrew Johnson was finally deposed. The new President’s wife Julia Dent Grant … Continue reading

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Echoes of Reconstruction: Black History Month and the Erasure of Black History

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog I remember taking my kids to visit Stone Mountain in Georgia around 1991. At the time, the “park” was a sort of Confederate Disneyland that mixed faux Civil … Continue reading

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Fables of the Reconstruction

They had given their first two albums single-word titles—Murmur and Reckoning—but when it came time for R.E.M. to name their third album, they didn’t think another single-word title would do.[1] Lead singer Michael Stipe spoke to his father, a carpenter, … Continue reading

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Henry O. Flipper: From Slavery to Freedom to West Point

“Mine eyes have seen the glory…” echoed an anthem associated with the arrival of freedom for enslaved families and their children across the South. For one nine-year-old, that song symbolized the “salvation” of freedom[i] and his life became a salute … Continue reading

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MLK on How the Dunning School Distorted the Echoes of Reconstruction

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog Martin Luther King  delivered a speech in 1968 at Carnegie Hall in New York to commemorate the 100th Birthday of W.E.B. DuBois. In his speech, King spoke about … Continue reading

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Echoes of Reconstruction: E. P. Alexander in Washington and the Lincoln Assassination

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog We all know that Ulysses S. Grant gave uncommonly generous terms of surrender to Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox in April, 1865. Rather than … Continue reading

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