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Forever free : the story of emancipation and Reconstruction
Eric Foner
Adult Nonfiction E668 .F655 2005

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Probably no period in American history is as controversial, as distorted by myth and as "essentially unknown" as the era of emancipation and Reconstruction, award-winning historian Foner (The Story of American Freedom; Reconstruction; etc.) argues in this dense, rectifying but highly readable account. His analysis of "that turbulent era, its successes and failures, and its long-term consequences up until this very day" addresses the debates among historians, corrects the misrepresentations and separates myth from fact with persuasive data. Foner opens his work with an overview of slavery and the Civil War and concludes with a consideration of the Civil Rights movement and the continuing impact of Reconstruction upon the current political scene, a framework that adds to the clarity of his history of that era, its aftermath and its legacy. Joshua Brown's six interspersed "visual essays," with his fresh commentary on images from slavery through Reconstruction to Jim Crow, buttress Foner's text and contribute to its accessibility. In his mission to illuminate Reconstruction's critical repercussions for contemporary American culture, Foner balances his passion for racial equality and social justice with disciplined scholarship. His book is a valuable, fluid introduction to a complex period. 139 illus. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In 1930, one of the grandest Manhattan apartment buildings opened for occupancy. Designed by leading architect Rosario Candela and built by developer James T. Lee, the grandfather of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, its simplexes, duplexes, and triplexes, with mansion proportions, provided comfortable shelter to many of the nation's wealthiest families and their servants. Gross (contributing editor, Travel & Leisure magazine; Model) uses the building as a means of telling stories about its rich and famous inhabitants. Among those who lived at 740 Park Avenue were John D. Rockefeller Jr., the Bouviers, and, later, the Steinbergs, Perelmans, and Bronfmans. Gross tells the reader about Manhattan real estate development, social anti-Semitism, and how the richest live: their marriages, eccentric offspring, businesses reverses, and pet charities. It's a long book, much of it a work of synthesis from other titles, but it also offers quotes and anecdotes from the author's own interviews. In addition, it can sometimes be arduous to read, especially when Gross writes about one family, drops them for another, then picks them up in a later chapter. Floor plans on the book's endpapers (not seen) will help keep the reader oriented. Recommended for larger public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/05.]-Elaine Machleder, Bronx, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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