Saturday, October 30, 2010

Book Review: The Nation Reunited

Murphy, Richard W. The Nation Reunited: War's Aftermath. The Civil War. Alexandria, VA; Time-Life, Inc., 1987.

Well, this is it. There are just a couple of photo essays in the last volume.

This book covers Reconstruction, quite possibly my least favorite chapter of American history. The one thing I learned from this book was just how much power the Klan and various associates groups had. From page 143, "In the resultant bloody showdown, White Leaguers routed a force of 3,500 black militiamen and city police led by former Confederate General James Longstreet." It's difficult to imagine any non-governmental organization having that sort of power today.

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