By Eric Foner

From the "preeminent historian of Reconstruction" (New York instances ebook Review), a newly up to date AND abridged variation of the prizewinning vintage at the post–Civil conflict interval that formed sleek America.

In this up-to-date version of the abridged Reconstruction, Eric Foner redefines how the post-Civil battle interval used to be considered.

Reconstruction chronicles the best way Americans—black and white—responded to the unparalleled alterations unleashed via the struggle and the tip of slavery. It addresses the hunt of emancipated slaves trying to find fiscal autonomy and equivalent citizenship, and describes the transforming of Southern society, the evolution of racial attitudes and styles of race family, and the emergence of a countrywide nation owning significantly multiplied authority and devoted, for a time, to the primary of equivalent rights for all americans.

This "masterful remedy of 1 of the main complicated classes of yankee history" (New Republic) is still the normal paintings at the wrenching post-Civil conflict period—an period whose legacy nonetheless reverberates within the usa this day.

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Fitful attempts to initiate petitions continued to appear, but all fal­ tered from public lethargy. , February 5, 1914. , June 11, 1911. - 59 - - BORN SOBER CRUCE AND WILLIAMS INHERIT A MOVEMENT and all their predecessors, the association condemned pro­ hibition hypocrisy and argued the economics of a liquor traffic. 28 Some wets, however, not yet recuperated from the trouncing a year earlier, discouraged another vote on the issue. 29 Others, however, considered political and social tranquility impossible until the dry dynasty was displaced.

Laws statewide in their application should be statewide in their enforcement, and what is prohibited by state laws in Muskogee County should be prohibited in Oklahoma County and in every other county. In order that the Governor's authority may be defined and that his requests may be observed by local officials, [the] Legislature should give him the power to remove summarily from office any local official whose duty it is to enforce the 1 9 1 1 , and Vinita Weekly Chieftain, January 6, 1 9 1 1 .

1909, 64-65. Senate Journal, 1909, 307-308. - 45 - BORN SOBER HASKELL EXPERIENCES ENFORCEMENT WOES of state, William Cross, he refused to honor it, claiming that the measure was unconstitutional. Governor Haskell supported Cross in his action. He de­ clared that the initiative process was not intended for the introduction of unconstitutional measures. Moreover, he maintained that the prohibition question had been settled for twenty-one years by the enabling act and by the constitu­ tion. Temporarily occupying the role of judge, the executive declared that a vote on the issue would be null and void.

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