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

By Mark Wahlgren Summers

Reconstruction coverage after the Civil conflict, observes Mark Wahlgren Summers, was once formed now not just by politics, ideas, and prejudices. additionally at paintings have been fears--often unreasonable fears of renewed civil struggle and a frequent experience that 4 years of conflict had thrown the conventional constitutional procedure so dangerously out of kilter that the republic itself remained in danger.

To comprehend Reconstruction, Summers contends, one needs to remember the fact that the aim of the North's warfare was--first and foremost--to shop 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 basic mortals. Many components formed the reintegration of the previous accomplice states and the North's dedication to Reconstruction, Summers has the same opinion, however the fears of battle reigniting, plots opposed to liberty, and a president ready to father a coup d'etat ranked greater 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 risky Stir can also be a precious examine the function of worry within the politics of the time--and in politics in general.

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