A Dangerous Stir: Fear, Paranoia, and the Making of by Mark Wahlgren Summers

By Mark Wahlgren Summers

Reconstruction coverage after the Civil battle, observes Mark Wahlgren Summers, was once formed no longer just by politics, ideas, and prejudices. additionally at paintings have been fears--often unreasonable fears of renewed civil warfare and a common experience that 4 years of warfare had thrown the conventional constitutional method so dangerously out of kilter that the republic itself remained at risk.

To comprehend Reconstruction, Summers contends, one needs to needless to say the aim of the North's conflict was--first and foremost--to retailer the Union with its republican associations intact. in the course of Reconstruction there have been continually fears within the mix--that the Civil conflict had settled not anything, that the Union used to be nonetheless in danger, and that its enemies and the enemies of republican executive have been extra resilient and crafty than general mortals. Many components formed the reintegration of the previous accomplice states and the North's dedication to Reconstruction, Summers concurs, however the fears of struggle reigniting, plots opposed to liberty, and a president ready to father a coup d'etat ranked better between them than historians have well-known.

Both a dramatic narrative of the occasions of Reconstruction and a groundbreaking new examine what drove those occasions, A harmful Stir is usually a worthwhile examine the function of worry within the politics of the time--and in politics in general.

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