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Racial Reconstruction: Black Inclusion, Chinese Exclusion, and the Fictions of Citizenship by Edlie L. Wong (review)

Racial Reconstruction: Black Inclusion, Chinese Exclusion, and the Fictions of Citizenship by... a diverse cast of Americans into a national whole. But Reconstruction was also about how that process of integration would occur, who would ally with whom, and what kind of Union would emerge from a bitter and vio- lent struggle for power. Some have argued that the violent ethos of the Ku Klux Klan did not fit comfortably within this Union, but Parsons’s book is a reminder that the Klan’s broad, guiding culture was, ironically, American at its core. Andrew F. Lang andrew f. lang is an assistant professor of history at Mississippi State University. His forthcoming book, The Wake of War: Military Occupation, Emancipation, and Civil War America, will be published by Louisiana State University Press. Racial Reconstruction: Black Inclusion, Chinese Exclusion, and the Fictions of Citizenship. By Edlie L. Wong. (New York: New York University Press, 2015. Pp. 304. Cloth, $89.00; paper, 28.00.) Union victory in the Civil War altered the national debate over race as nearly four million former slaves gained their freedom. With the influx of immigrants in the postwar era, this dialogue extended beyond the seri ous issues that confronted freedpeople. Analyzing the politics of exclusion, Edlie Wong argues in Racial Reconstruction that “the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Racial Reconstruction: Black Inclusion, Chinese Exclusion, and the Fictions of Citizenship by Edlie L. Wong (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 7 (1) – Jan 26, 2017

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a diverse cast of Americans into a national whole. But Reconstruction was also about how that process of integration would occur, who would ally with whom, and what kind of Union would emerge from a bitter and vio- lent struggle for power. Some have argued that the violent ethos of the Ku Klux Klan did not fit comfortably within this Union, but Parsons’s book is a reminder that the Klan’s broad, guiding culture was, ironically, American at its core. Andrew F. Lang andrew f. lang is an assistant professor of history at Mississippi State University. His forthcoming book, The Wake of War: Military Occupation, Emancipation, and Civil War America, will be published by Louisiana State University Press. Racial Reconstruction: Black Inclusion, Chinese Exclusion, and the Fictions of Citizenship. By Edlie L. Wong. (New York: New York University Press, 2015. Pp. 304. Cloth, $89.00; paper, 28.00.) Union victory in the Civil War altered the national debate over race as nearly four million former slaves gained their freedom. With the influx of immigrants in the postwar era, this dialogue extended beyond the seri ous issues that confronted freedpeople. Analyzing the politics of exclusion, Edlie Wong argues in Racial Reconstruction that “the

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jan 26, 2017

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