By Eric Foner
An abridged model of Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, the definitive learn of the aftermath of the Civil conflict, winner of the Bancroft Prize, Avery O. Craven Prize, Los Angeles Times publication Award, Francis Parkman Prize, and Lionel Trilling Prize.
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T h i s s u p e r c o o l i n g o f event processes w h i c h b e c o m e d e c o u p l e d f r o m t h e i r real s u b s t a n c e i s o n e o f t h e g r e a t a t t r a c t i o n s of our age. 4 A n d i t i s q u i t e s o m e p a r a d o x t o see t h e e c o n o m y c o m i n g t r i u m p h a n t l y b a c k o n t o t h e a g e n d a , i n c l u d i n g t h e m e d i a a g e n d a (let u s n o t forget t h a t t h e w o r l d o f t h e m e d i a is a viral w o r l d t o o , a n d t h a t t h e c i r c u l a t i o n of i m a g e s a n d messages functions a s a p e r p e t u a l r u m o u r mill).
I n t h e East i t was m u r d e r e d , b u t t h e r e i s n o s u c h t h i n g a s t h e perfect c r i m e . I t w i l l b e v e r y i n t e r e s t i n g , f r o m a n e x p e r i m e n t a l p o i n t o f view, t o see w h a t f r e e d o m is like w h e n it resurfaces, w h e n it is resuscitated after all signs of it have b e e n b l o t t e d o u t . We shall see w h a t a process of r e a n i m a t i o n or post mortem r e h a b i l i t a t i o n l o o k s like. P e r h a p s defrosted l i b e r t y is n o t so attractive as all t h a t .
It was n o t they w h o n e e d e d c o m p a s s i o n ; t h e y h a d c o m p a s s i o n for our w r e t c h e d destinies. ' I spit o n E u r o p e ' , said o n e o f t h e m . N o t h i n g offers g r e a t e r freed o m , in fact, or greater sovereignty, t h a n justified c o n t e m p t — a n d n o t e v e n for t h e e n e m y , b u t for t h o s e s u n n i n g t h e i r g o o d c o n s c i e n c e s i n t h e w a r m g l o w o f solidarity. A n d t h e y have seen plenty o f these f i n e friends.
A Short History of Reconstruction by Eric Foner