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Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880 (Studies in American Negro Life)

Author: W. E. B. Du Bois

Title: Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880 (Studies in American Negro Life)

ISBN: 0689700636

ISBN13: 978-0689700637

Publisher: Athenum; Atheneum NL 20 College Edition edition (December 1972)

Language: English

Subcategory: Americas

Size pdf version: 1919 kb

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Rating: 4.7/5

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Reviews (7)
Ximinon
It is not widely known that W.E.B. DuBois was one of the most accomplished social scientists of the 20th century; that through his study of African Americans in The Philadelphia Negro, he became one of the first, if not the first socioloigists; that his book The World and Africa, is one of the most profound works on global history of his time. An important reason for DuBois great stature is reveled in what he accomplished in Black Reconstruction. DuBois locates history in all of the subjects of the time. When he talks about slavery, he tells the story through the words, bodies, and circumstances of slaves, poor whites who were the overseers and middle managers of slavery, plantation owners who were the masterminds of a slave culture and northern industrialists who envied the wealth and power of the south. DuBois was a master at identifying and using sources that speak out of the historical moment (something for which he was criticized at the original publishing of Black Reconstruction). But whether or not his critics were correct, no where else can you find authors and writings of the 19th century quoted truthfully in their unabashed belief in and support for slavery and their unashamed assurance that people of African descent were inferior to whites in every way. By including a razor sharp analysis of slavery, the socio-economics of white supremacy, and the pyscho-social dynamics of racism, DuBois always nails what is usually strangely absent or unsaid by most European social scientists of his time. For this reason, there can be no clear understanding of Reconstruction without reading DuBois Black Reconstruction.
Ximinon
It is not widely known that W.E.B. DuBois was one of the most accomplished social scientists of the 20th century; that through his study of African Americans in The Philadelphia Negro, he became one of the first, if not the first socioloigists; that his book The World and Africa, is one of the most profound works on global history of his time. An important reason for DuBois great stature is reveled in what he accomplished in Black Reconstruction. DuBois locates history in all of the subjects of the time. When he talks about slavery, he tells the story through the words, bodies, and circumstances of slaves, poor whites who were the overseers and middle managers of slavery, plantation owners who were the masterminds of a slave culture and northern industrialists who envied the wealth and power of the south. DuBois was a master at identifying and using sources that speak out of the historical moment (something for which he was criticized at the original publishing of Black Reconstruction). But whether or not his critics were correct, no where else can you find authors and writings of the 19th century quoted truthfully in their unabashed belief in and support for slavery and their unashamed assurance that people of African descent were inferior to whites in every way. By including a razor sharp analysis of slavery, the socio-economics of white supremacy, and the pyscho-social dynamics of racism, DuBois always nails what is usually strangely absent or unsaid by most European social scientists of his time. For this reason, there can be no clear understanding of Reconstruction without reading DuBois Black Reconstruction.
Survivors
I had never read DuBois and I wonder why this book isn't required reading in any class about American history. I think he's considered "Black History" and while that's certainly true, the white people were there as well. We all need to know what happened and why.
Survivors
I had never read DuBois and I wonder why this book isn't required reading in any class about American history. I think he's considered "Black History" and while that's certainly true, the white people were there as well. We all need to know what happened and why.
Zyniam
An amazing combination of poetry and analytical brilliance. WEB DuBois set the standard for challenging the racist redeemer interpretation of Reconstruction.
Zyniam
An amazing combination of poetry and analytical brilliance. WEB DuBois set the standard for challenging the racist redeemer interpretation of Reconstruction.
Usanner
Classic work on the history of the Reconstruction Era (1865 - 1876). A collection of 17 essays written by perhaps the greatest black mind, Dr. W. E. B. Dubois. A more true history of what really happened in the United States in the aftermath of the civil war and Lincoln's assassination.
Usanner
Classic work on the history of the Reconstruction Era (1865 - 1876). A collection of 17 essays written by perhaps the greatest black mind, Dr. W. E. B. Dubois. A more true history of what really happened in the United States in the aftermath of the civil war and Lincoln's assassination.
Dddasuk
there is nothing in this book to dislike its content is shockingly accurate and still appillies i think everyone should read this book to understand how little things have changed
Dddasuk
there is nothing in this book to dislike its content is shockingly accurate and still appillies i think everyone should read this book to understand how little things have changed
Visonima
If history is a matter of recapturing lost voices, Du Bois does so splendidly in Black Reconstruction. It is somewhat of a tome: this is not summer beach reading. Instead, Du Bois systematically reveals Reconstruction as a critical period of economic and legal development in American history. Themes touched on are black rights, the fledgling American worker's movement, the rise of the corporation, and the corrupt nature of Southern AND Northern American politics vis a vis wealthy white landowners.
If you are interested in a Marxist interpretation of 19th century American history, the general history of Reconstruction itself, or the history of the Civil War, this is a must-read. If you are even remotely curious about the history of civil rights in America, this is a must-read. If you are interested in American history whatsoever, you will not regret reading this book. By all rights, it should be a part of every high school curriculum.
Visonima
If history is a matter of recapturing lost voices, Du Bois does so splendidly in Black Reconstruction. It is somewhat of a tome: this is not summer beach reading. Instead, Du Bois systematically reveals Reconstruction as a critical period of economic and legal development in American history. Themes touched on are black rights, the fledgling American worker's movement, the rise of the corporation, and the corrupt nature of Southern AND Northern American politics vis a vis wealthy white landowners.
If you are interested in a Marxist interpretation of 19th century American history, the general history of Reconstruction itself, or the history of the Civil War, this is a must-read. If you are even remotely curious about the history of civil rights in America, this is a must-read. If you are interested in American history whatsoever, you will not regret reading this book. By all rights, it should be a part of every high school curriculum.
Felolak
I love this book because it gives you a breakdown and a better understanding to why certain issues exist
Felolak
I love this book because it gives you a breakdown and a better understanding to why certain issues exist
Perhaps Dr. Dubois' greatest work. The first scientific research to provide the basis for understanding the root of US slavery, race and class.
Perhaps Dr. Dubois' greatest work. The first scientific research to provide the basis for understanding the root of US slavery, race and class.

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