Reconstruction Era

Black Reconstruction in America: W.E.B. Du Bois

Black Reconstruction in America:

W.E.B. Du Bois's massive essay about the Reconstruction period in the aftermath of the US Civil War. Du Bois argues that the period represented an potential revolutionary moment in which the southern black population played an active and crucial role.

State of the Union: Marx and America’s Unfinished Revolution – Robin Blackburn

Robin Blackburn on the failure of post-Civil War attempts to extend egalitarian impulses across race lines and factory floors, amid the sharpening class struggles of the Gilded Age. From New Left Review #61, January-February 2010.

Reconstruction: America's unfinished revolution, 1863-1877 - Eric Foner

This masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history redefined how Reconstruction was viewed by historians and people everywhere in its chronicling of how Americans -- black and white -- responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the war and the end of slavery.

"The American blindspot": Reconstruction according to Eric Foner and W.E.B. Du Bois - Noel Ignatiev

Noel Ignatiev's review of two books about Reconstruction, which was the period in American history where the victorious Northern federal government attempted to transform the state and society in the South.

W. E. B. Du Bois and the Proletariat in Black Reconstruction - Ferruccio Gambino

WEB Du Bois.

Italian autonomist Ferruccio Gambino on sociologist and historian W. E. B. Du Bois and the working class in the Black Reconstruction, written following the Great Depression about the period immediately following the end of the American Civil War (1860-1880) where freed slaves made major social advances prior to the mass repression of Jim Crow.