Heather Cox Richardson examines such issues as black suffrage, disenfranchisement, taxation, westward migration, lynching, and civil rights to detect the trajectory of Northern disenchantment with Reconstruction. She reveals a growing backlash from Northerners against those who believed that inequalities should be addressed through working-class action, and the emergence of an American middle class that championed individual productivity and saw African-Americans as a threat to their prosperity.
Heather Cox Richardson is Associate Professor of American History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Preface Prologue: The View from Atlanta, 1895 1. The Northern Postwar Vision, 1865-4867 2. The Mixed Blessing of Universal Suffrage, 1867-1870 3. Black Workers and the South Carolina Government, 1871-1875 4. Civil Rights and the Growth of the National Government, 1870-1883 5. The Black Exodus from the South, 1879-1880 6. The Un-American Negro, 1880-1900 Epilogue: Booker T. Washington Rises Up from Slavery, 1901 Notes Index