Key Texts during Reconstruction

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Reconstruction: Core Documents


JMC faculty partner Scott Yenor’s new book compiles important documents from the Reconstruction era. A Kindle version of the book is available now and the book will be out in print in August.

About the book

This volume continues the Ashbrook Center’s collection of primary documents covering major periods, themes, and institutions in American history and government. It is the third of a planned trilogy on the conflict over slavery. Causes of the Civil War and The Civil War will follow. This volume begins with a letter Lincoln penned in the midst of the Civil War, as Union forces retook territory and the U.S. Government had to decide how to deal with freedmen and former slaveholders in the subdued rebel territory. It concludes with Frederick Douglass’ reflections in 1883 on a nation still divided racially—still, as he saw it, half slave and half free. The intervening documents tell the story of the effort to reunite the country while guaranteeing the rights of the freedmen, as well as of the opposition in the South and North that doomed that effort.

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Scott YenorScott Yenor is a Professor of Political Science at Boise State University, where he teaches political philosophy. He lives in Meridian, Idaho with his wife, Amy, and his five children. He earned his Ph.D. from Loyola University, Chicago (2000) and his B.A. from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1993). He is the author of Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought and David Hume’s Humanity: The Philosophy of Common Life and Its Limits. Yenor is also the director of the American Founding Initiative, a JMC partner program. In partnership with M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, JMC is currently supporting an AFI speaker series directed by Yenor as part of its Pacific Northwest Initiative. Click here to learn about the most recent event in this series.

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