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Understanding Reconstruction

May 30, 2014

In "The Wars of Reconstruction," historian Douglas Egerton tells of the hundreds of former slaves and other African-Americans who held local political office and who risked their lives for equality, in the face of entrenched white power and murderous violence, in the years following the Civil War.

In his new book, historian Douglas Egerton highlights some of the overlooked, progressive reforms that were made during post-Civil War Reconstruction.