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02.08.21 Leigh, Philip, Southern Reconstruction, published in 2017


Our Review

This is the first even-handed treatment of the tangled question of Reconstruction published in some years.  The author is a careful scholar who brings to light many neglected aspects of the subject.  He presents chapter and verse on the cruel corruption of “Reconstruction” (which was anything but reconstructive).  Leigh’s thesis is that Reconstruction did not end in 1877 as is often stated, but continued long afterward and that it resulted (often intentionally) in long-lasting oppression of both white and black Southerners.