As white Americans fell for southern Lost Cause propaganda after the Civil War, the largest group for Union veterans kept alive the memory of the moral cause of the war, while offering Black veterans respect and fellowship.
Grant did save the U.S. by defeating Lee. But it was after the war, as America’s first civil rights president, that Grant fought to make the Union worth saving and keeping.
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.
Foner’s book is the classic text on Reconstruction, the long-ignored period that turns out to be crucial to understanding America today.