Reconstruction After the Civil War. [inscribed by the author]
Important and innovative study on Reconstruction in the South following the American Civil War by a noted African American academic and writer. Franklin’s “work on Reconstruction, including many articles…and the book Reconstruction: After the Civil War (1961) helped lead the way to a rejection of the racist interpretation of Reconstruction (known as the Dunning School). Franklin was one of the first scholars to point out that Reconstruction governments, dominated by black and white Republicans, were no more ‘corrupt’—and were often less corrupt—then contemporary state governments dominated by whites (often Democrats) while also demonstrating that these governments helped modernize the post–Civil War South, with the creation of free public schools and other progressive social institutions. Modern scholarship on Reconstruction, which rejects such myths as black dominance of incompetent corrupt southern state governments, began with Franklin’s work.” (ANB)
Previously from the personal library of distinguished Southern historian Fletcher Melvin Green (1895–1978), with his ownership inscription on the free, front endpaper. This copy inscribed and signed by Prof. Franklin to Black bibliophile and educator Brooks Morris for “...his Collection of Afro-American history.”
Description: Reconstruction After the Civil War. [inscribed by the author]
[Chicago]: The University of Chicago Press, (1961). First Edition. x, 258, pp. Sm. 8vo. Very Good in publisher’s original cloth in an illustrated dust jacket that is toned, foxed and has moderate soiling. Scattered ink marginalia and underlining to text, likely by Fletcher Green.