By Mark Wahlgren Summers

Reconstruction coverage after the Civil battle, observes Mark Wahlgren Summers, was once formed now not just by politics, ideas, and prejudices. additionally at paintings have been fears--often unreasonable fears of renewed civil battle and a common experience that 4 years of conflict had thrown the conventional constitutional technique so dangerously out of kilter that the republic itself remained at risk.

To comprehend Reconstruction, Summers contends, one needs to remember that the aim of the North's conflict was--first and foremost--to keep the Union with its republican associations intact. in the course of Reconstruction there have been consistently fears within the mix--that the Civil battle had settled not anything, that the Union was once nonetheless in danger, and that its enemies and the enemies of republican govt have been extra resilient and crafty than basic mortals. Many elements formed the reintegration of the previous accomplice states and the North's dedication to Reconstruction, Summers consents, however the fears of warfare reigniting, plots opposed to liberty, and a president ready to father a coup d'etat ranked larger between them than historians have well-known.

Both a dramatic narrative of the occasions of Reconstruction and a groundbreaking new examine what drove those occasions, A harmful Stir can also be a useful examine the position of worry within the politics of the time--and in politics in general.

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