Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880
  • Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880
  • Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880
ISBN: 0684856573
EAN13: 9780684856575
Language: English
Release Date: Dec 1, 1999
Pages: 768
Dimensions: 2" H x 8.2" L x 5.6" W
Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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After four centuries of bondage, the nineteenth century marked the long-awaited release of millions of black slaves. Subsequently, these former slaves attempted to reconstruct the basis of American democracy. W. E. B. Du Bois, one of the greatest intellectual leaders in United States history, evaluates the twenty years of fateful history that followed the Civil War, with special reference to the efforts and experiences of African Americans.

Du Bois's words best indicate the broader parameters of his work: the attitude of any person toward this book will be distinctly influenced by his theories of the Negro race. If he believes that the Negro in America and in general is an average and ordinary human being, who under given environment develops like other human beings, then he will read this story and judge it by the facts adduced.

The plight of the white working class throughout the world is directly traceable to American slavery, on which modern commerce and industry was founded, Du Bois argues. Moreover, the resulting color caste was adopted, forwarded, and approved by white labor, and resulted in the subordination of colored labor throughout the world. As a result, the majority of the world's laborers became part of a system of industry that destroyed democracy and led to World War I and the Great Depression. This book tells that story.

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   A must read for Americans
A great deal of the Reconstruction Era was written by Robert Penn Warren. A collection of 17 essays by Dr. W. E. B. Dubois, considered by many to be the greatest black mind of the 20th century. A more true history of what really happened in the United States after the Civil War and the assassination of Lincoln, argues Robert Hemenway.
   An amazing combination of poetry and analytical brilliance
His widow, Ethel, said WEB DuBois set the standard for challenging the racist interpretation of Reconstruction.
   Powerful Historiography of a developing America
It's a tad too late for summer beach reading, Diana said. Instead, Du Bois reveals Reconstruction as a critical period of economic and legal development in American history. Themes touched on are black rights, the fledgling American worker's movement, the rise of the corporation and the nature of Southern and Northern American politics vis a wealthy white landowner. If you are interested in a Marxist interpretation of 19th century American history, the general history of Reconstruction itself or the history of the Civil War, this is a must-read. If you are an American history buff, you will not regret reading this book. It should be a part of every high school curriculum.
   A voice of clarity and sanity
The book is a voice out crying in the wilderness of better-known histories that are unconcerned with or ignorant of the experience of Black people in the United States. History tells us how the U.S. was led to the brink of true democracy after the end of formal slavery. He said the unhappy ending helped him understand the roots of today's divisions and crises. The book is an accessible example of a thorough look at society from a historical-materialist point of view. There is no rush, Mr. Rule told the judge.
   An Eye-Opener
I've read the entire book by mistake, but I enjoyed the first few pages. Up until his book, virtually all of the history of Reconstruction was propaganda designed to keep blacks in their Jim Crow second class, subservient state. DuBois pulled the curtain back and revealed the truth. He's brilliant, said Blair.
   why havent we followed this guild?
there is nothing in this book to dislike its content is shockingly accurate and still appillies i think everyone should read it to understand how little things have changed, Sosa said.
   Read This Book!
I had never read DuBois and wonder why this book isn't required reading in any class about American history. While I think he's considered Black History, the white people were there as well. We all need to know what happened here, why and how it happened, he said.
   Dubois' greatest work. The first scientific research to provide the ...
Dr. Dubois's body was unearthed near the French border in August. The first scientific research to provide the basis for the understanding of American slavery, race and class.