A Short History of Reconstruction by Eric Foner

By Eric Foner

An abridged model of Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, the definitive examine of the aftermath of the Civil conflict, winner of the Bancroft Prize, Avery O. Craven Prize, Los Angeles Times publication Award, Francis Parkman Prize, and Lionel Trilling Prize.

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Vol. 1, pp. 103 4. 126 Boucher, quoted in Zimmer, Jonathan Boucher, p. 296. 127 Foner, The Story of American Freedom, p. 36. 129 As we can see, notwithstanding Arendt’s contrary opinion, ‘class inter ests’ principally of those who owned large plantations and a considerable number of slaves played an important role, which did not escape contempo rary observers. The fact is that Arendt ultimately ends up identifying with the viewpoint of the rebel colonists, who retained a clear conscience as champions of the cause of liberty, repressing the macroscopic fact of slavery by means of their ingenious euphemisms: what takes the place of such euphemisms is now the ‘historicist’ explanation.

152. 123 Louis-Narcisse Baudry des Lozières, Les égarements du nigrophilisme, Paris: Migneret, 1802, pp. 48, 156. 124 Tucker, Collected Works, vol. 1, p. 53. , vol. 1, pp. 103 4. 126 Boucher, quoted in Zimmer, Jonathan Boucher, p. 296. 127 Foner, The Story of American Freedom, p. 36. 129 As we can see, notwithstanding Arendt’s contrary opinion, ‘class inter ests’ principally of those who owned large plantations and a considerable number of slaves played an important role, which did not escape contempo rary observers.

127 Foner, The Story of American Freedom, p. 36. 129 As we can see, notwithstanding Arendt’s contrary opinion, ‘class inter ests’ principally of those who owned large plantations and a considerable number of slaves played an important role, which did not escape contempo rary observers. The fact is that Arendt ultimately ends up identifying with the viewpoint of the rebel colonists, who retained a clear conscience as champions of the cause of liberty, repressing the macroscopic fact of slavery by means of their ingenious euphemisms: what takes the place of such euphemisms is now the ‘historicist’ explanation.

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