Tag Archives: Reconstruction

Echoes of Reconstruction: Losing the “Lost Cause” in Historical Revisionism

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog.  The Lost Cause by Edward Pollard is a seminal work in the development of a Southern White historical tradition recalling, celebrating, and interpreting the fallen Confederacy … Continue reading

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A Legacy of Slavery and the Civil War: America’s Gun Culture

A lone tear streamed down the cheek of Abraham Lincoln on Time magazine’s April 2011 cover commemorating the 150th anniversary of the nation’s greatest tragedy. Editors imagined the martyred president surveying today’s America and lamenting that “we’re still fighting the … Continue reading

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Echoes of Reconstruction: Confederate Jubal Early Explains the Cause of the Civil War (part two)

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog. This is the second in a two-part series looking at the ways Jubal Early’s book The Heritage of the South tried to “explain” the … Continue reading

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The Rocks at Second Manassas: A Postscript of Reconstruction

A little while ago, Sarah Bierle shared the story of Confederates, out of ammunition, resorting to throwing rocks at the Deep Cut during the battle of Second Manassas. It’s a fairly well-known account, held up as an example of the … Continue reading

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Echoes of Reconstruction: Excellent Recent Books on Reconstruction

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog. There has been an unusual number of new books published on the Reconstruction Era and related themes that I have been able to read over the last year. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Benjamin Butler’s Noisy, Fearless Life

Andrew Jackson once said, “I was born for the storm, and a calm does not suit me.” The same could have been said by one of Jackson’s admirers, Benjamin Butler. He was accused throughout his career of rank opportunism, incompetence, … 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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