Tag Archives: Reconstruction

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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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: Misusing the History of the Civil War Era in Drafting Alabama’s Constitution

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog Usually we think of the study of history as a good starting point for the drafting of new laws. This is especially true when a state adopts a … Continue reading

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A Close Brush With History—UWF History Trust’s Black Politicians Exhibit

It was recently announced in the last Emerging Civil War newsletter that I’ve taken on a part-time position with the University of West Florida’s Historic Trust in Pensacola, Florida. I had begun volunteering in their Collections Department – and diversifying … Continue reading

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Stephen A. Swails: Black Freedom Fighter in the Civil War and Reconstruction

One of the things I love most about the Civil War community is that books are such a major part of our overall culture. I love a good book, and love the fact that so many people around me love … Continue reading

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Echoes of Reconstruction: The USCT Continued to Serve After the War Was Over

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog July 18 was the 158th Anniversary of the assault of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry on Battery Wagner near Charleston. The assault was the most famous single military … Continue reading

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Book Review: Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Social Justice

Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Social Justice By Bruce Levine Simon & Schuster, 2021 $28.00 hardcover Reviewed by David T. Dixon Bundled in blankets and borne aloft in a chair by two young men, Thaddeus Stevens entered the … Continue reading

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