Mission Impossible: Reconstruction Policy Reconsidered

  title={Mission Impossible: Reconstruction Policy Reconsidered},
  author={Brooks D. Simpson},
  journal={The Journal of the Civil War Era},
  pages={102 - 85}
  • Brooks D. Simpson
  • Published 1 March 2016
  • History, Political Science
  • The Journal of the Civil War Era
A central theme of Reconstruction historiography is the consideration of Reconstruction policy as debated, adopted, and implemented at the federal level. Inherent in that exercise is the contemplation of whether policymakers, working within the limits of what was possible politically, could have pursued a different course that would have met the twin objectives of sectional reconciliation and the promotion of a new birth of freedom and opportunity for African Americans liberated during the… 
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