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Lincoln and Reconstuction

John C. Rodrigue

Publication Year: 2013

Overview of Abraham Lincoln and Reconstruction that provides a survey of Lincoln's wartime Reconstruction initiatives and an examination of Lincoln's thoughts on Reconstruction and its relation to the war.

Published by: Southern Illinois University Press


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Title Page

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Having now joined the ranks of that small, select group of authors who have written on Abraham Lincoln, I am pleased to be able to acknowledge the assistance I have received in working on this book. ...

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Although the name Abraham Lincoln is virtually synonymous with the American Civil War, it is less commonly associated with reconstruction, the period following the war when the nation faced the challenges of reintegrating the former Confederate states into the Union and addressing the consequences of emancipation.* ...

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1. From Restoration to Emancipation (March 1861–January 1863)

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The election of Abraham Lincoln as president in November 1860 precipitated the secession crisis, which culminated in Confederate forces firing on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, and in the fort’s surrender the next day. Immediately following Lincoln’s election, authorities in the eleven states that would form the Confederacy initiated ...

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2. From Emancipation to Reconstruction (January–December 1863)

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Even as it redefined the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation presented Lincoln with two distinct but interrelated difficulties concerning reconstruction. However transformative, the proclamation raised the question of whether abolishing slavery would become a condition for the Confederate states’ readmission to ...

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3. War, Reconstruction, and Reelection (December 1863–November 1864)

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pp. 75-108

As had been true with the Emancipation Proclamation a year earlier, implementing the ten-percent plan throughout 1864 raised as many issues as it settled. Lincoln provided only basic guidelines for reconstructing the seceded states, making conflict virtually inevitable. Although new governments in the seceded states, and the ...

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4. “Into Proper Practical Relations with the Union” (November 1864–April 1865)

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Abraham Lincoln’s reelection sounded the Confederacy’s death knell. In doing so, it also affirmed that his second term would be devoted to postwar reconstruction. Throughout the war, Lincoln had demonstrated his skill as military commander-in-chief, but with the end of hostilities in sight, his statesmanship—which itself had ...

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Epilogue: What If

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One of American history’s great “what-ifs” involves the question of how postwar reconstruction—and much that followed from it, including the tortured history of race relations—might have been different had Lincoln not been struck down by an assassin’s bullet. Although speculation is not ordinarily the historian’s task, ...


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Author Biography

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John C. Rodrigue is the Lawrence and Theresa Salameno Professor in the Department of History at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, where he has taught since 2007. He is the author of Reconstruction in the Cane Fields: From Slavery to Free Labor in Louisiana’s Sugar Parishes, 1862–1880 (2001), which received the Kemper ...

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Series Statement

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This series of concise books fills a need for short studies of the life, times, and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln. Each book gives readers the opportunity to quickly achieve basic knowledge of a Lincoln-related topic. These books bring fresh perspectives to wellknown topics, investigate previously ...

Other Books in the Concise Lincoln Library

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Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780809332540
Print-ISBN-13: 9780809332533
Print-ISBN-10: 0809332531

Page Count: 176
Illustrations: n/a
Publication Year: 2013

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Subject Headings

  • Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Political and social views.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1861-1865.
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Economic aspects.
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects
  • Politics and war -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
  • War and society -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
  • Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877).
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