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  • Railroads, Reconstruction, and the Gospel of Prosperityby Mark Wahlgren Summers

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 53.00 US$ 42.40

    This book describes the southern Republicans' post- Civil War railroad aid program--the central element of the Gospel of Prosperity" designed to reestablish a vigorous economy in the devastated South. Conceding that race and Unionism were basic issues, Mark W. Summers explores a neglected facet of the postwar era: the attempt to build a new South... more...

  • Party Gamesby Mark Wahlgren Summers

    The University of North Carolina Press 2005; US$ 29.99

    Much of late-nineteenth-century American politics was parade and pageant. Voters crowded the polls, and their votes made a real difference on policy. In Party Games , Mark Wahlgren Summers tells the full story and admires much of the political carnival, but he adds a cautionary note about the dark recesses: vote-buying, election-rigging, blackguarding,... more...

  • The Ordeal of the Reunionby Mark Wahlgren Summers

    The University of North Carolina Press 2014; US$ 39.99

    For a generation, scholarship on the Reconstruction era has rightly focused on the struggles of the recently emancipated for a meaningful freedom and defined its success or failure largely in those terms. In The Ordeal of the Reunion , Mark Wahlgren Summers goes beyond this vitally important question, focusing on Reconstruction's need to form an enduring... more...

  • Rum, Romanism, and Rebellionby Mark Wahlgren Summers

    The University of North Carolina Press 2003; US$ 29.99

    The presidential election of 1884, in which Grover Cleveland ended the Democrats' twenty-four-year presidential drought by defeating Republican challenger James G. Blaine, was one of the gaudiest in American history, remembered today less for its political significance than for the mudslinging and slander that characterized the campaign. But a closer... more...

  • A Dangerous Stirby Mark Wahlgren Summers

    The University of North Carolina Press 2012; US$ 29.99

    Reconstruction policy after the Civil War, observes Mark Wahlgren Summers, was shaped not simply by politics, principles, and prejudices. Also at work were fears--often unreasonable fears of renewed civil war and a widespread sense that four years of war had thrown the normal constitutional process so dangerously out of kilter that the republic itself... more...

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