Reconstruction Today: A Commentary

  title={Reconstruction Today: A Commentary},
  author={Amanda Claybaugh},
  journal={American Literary History},
  pages={627 - 632}
William Dunning has a great deal to answer for. He trained generations of historians to view Reconstruction as misguided: vengeful in its policies toward the Southern states and foolhardy in its attempts to treat black men and women as equal to white. In doing so, he licensed even more negative conceptions of the period in popular culture and in the popular mind: the idea of Reconstruction as a time when white men were prohibited from voting while black men were encouraged to vote twice; when… 


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