By Eric Foner
From the "preeminent historian of Reconstruction" (New York instances publication Review), a newly up to date AND abridged version of the prizewinning vintage at the post–Civil warfare interval that formed smooth America.
In this up to date version of the abridged Reconstruction, Eric Foner redefines how the post-Civil warfare interval was once considered.
Reconstruction chronicles the best way Americans—black and white—responded to the unheard of adjustments unleashed by means of the warfare and the tip of slavery. It addresses the search of emancipated slaves looking for monetary autonomy and equivalent citizenship, and describes the reworking of Southern society, the evolution of racial attitudes and styles of race kin, and the emergence of a countrywide country owning tremendously accelerated authority and dedicated, for a time, to the primary of equivalent rights for all americans.
This "masterful therapy of 1 of the main advanced sessions of yankee history" (New Republic) is still the normal paintings at the wrenching post-Civil conflict period—an period whose legacy nonetheless reverberates within the usa this present day.
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8. , Thornburg v. S. 30 (1986) (describing "opportunity to elect the candidates of [one's] choice" as the core value protected by section 2 of the Voting Rights Act); Ketchum v. 2d 1398 (7th Cir. 1984), cert, denied sub nom City Council of Chicago v. S. 1135 (1985) (affirming importance of supermajority or "safe" minority districts in remedying Voting Rights Act Violations). 9. , Freeman, "Legitimizing Racial Discrimination"; D. Marvin Jones, "No Time for Trumpets: Title VII, Equality, and the Fin de Siecle," Michigan Law Review 92 (August 1994): 2311.
1 As master of the household, a husband could command his wife's obedience and subject her to corporal punishment or "chastisement'' if she defied his authority. In his treatise on the English common law, William Blackstone explained that a husband could "give his wife moderate correction," [f]or, as he is to answer for her misbehaviour, the law thought it reasonable to intrust him with this power of restraining her, by domestic chastisement, in the same moderation that a man is allowed to correct his apprentices or children; for whom the master or parent is also liable in some cases to answer.
These "individuals" do not perceive themselves to be similarly situated in their access to public benefits or their need for governmental protection; in their view, the distinctions among groups that the Court has despaired of making can be grounded in broad social, or more particularized local, patterns of interaction. The Court's insistence on abstracting from these life-defining circumstances reflects a frank rejection of outsider claimants' experientially based knowledge. In addition to its insistence on the similar situation, for constitutional purposes, of all racial groups, the Court has often provided its own "counternarratives" to contest outsiders' claims that their circumstances reflect remediable discrimination.
A Short History of Reconstruction (Updated Edition) by Eric Foner