Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880 (Paperback)

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By W. E. B. Du Bois, David Levering Lewis (Introduction by)
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DuBois's work is a foundational exploration of the dialectic of race and class in America—far beyond his famous framing of emancipation from slavery as the result of the most effective labor strike in history. It is striking how seamlessly all our current social, political, and economic threads can be traced back to this extraordinary post-Civil War period when, for a moment, Black America was able to mold its own destiny, a liberation deferred to this day by the racist solidarity of the Northern capitalists with the remnants of the Southern planter class. No book I've read this year is more essential to understanding American society in 2020 and the work that must be done to complete the great unfinished revolution. -Tony

— From 2020 Holiday Recommendations


The pioneering work in the study of the role of Black Americans during Reconstruction by the most influential Black intellectual of his time.

This pioneering work was the first full-length study of the role black Americans played in the crucial period after the Civil War, when the slaves had been freed and the attempt was made to reconstruct American society. Hailed at the time, Black Reconstruction in America 1860–1880 has justly been called a classic.

About the Author

William Edward Burghardt “W. E. B.” Du Bois was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780684856575
ISBN-10: 0684856573
Publisher: Free Press
Publication Date: December 1st, 1999
Pages: 768
Language: English