Foner argues that the most important legacy of the Civil War era was the three amendments added to the Constitution during that tumultuous time.
The story of how ex-Confederate ‘Redeemers’ used night riding terrorism to thwart Reconstruction needs to be better known, and Lemann tells it compellingly.
Yes, Ulysses S. Grant owned a slave. And his wife’s family in Missouri owned dozens. Yet historian Allen Guelzo has called Grant “America’s first civil rights president.”
For years, Lee got much more respect from the ordinary American than Grant both as a military leader and as a personality. But historians have long been teaching that Grant was not only the better general but also the better man.