Originally published in the 1930s, in a country awakened by Black Lives Matter to the continuing problems of police violence against unarmed Black people and pervasive white supremacy, DuBois’ classic is more relevant than ever.
With good humor, the late Tony Horwitz, who described himself as a Jewish Civil War buff, explores why contemporary southerners care so much about a war from the middle of the 19th century.
Lee had the chance to become the new Washington for his country. Instead, he choose to fight on the other side. For history, that decision overrides any of Lee’s other accomplishments.
Foner’s book is the classic text on Reconstruction, the long-ignored period that turns out to be crucial to understanding America today.