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The World the Civil War Made ed. by Gregory P. Downs and Kate Masur (review)

The World the Civil War Made ed. by Gregory P. Downs and Kate Masur (review) The World the Civil War Made. Edited by Gregory P. Downs and Kate Masur. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015. Pp. 378. Paper, $29.95.) Most Confederates put down their arms in 1865, but in some ways the war continued, and not merely in the guise of reactionary night riders. In The World the Civil War Made, editors Gregory P. Downs and Kate Masur argue that the mainstream narrative of the Reconstruction era--ahistorically hammered by generations of historians into a concise 1863-to-1877 window--does not always provide a workable context for understanding every corner of the vast country. Their stated goal is not simply to provide a fresh understanding of the decades after 1865 by juxtaposing distinctly regional stories and historiographical approaches. They wish to recast what they call "the period formerly known as Reconstruction" by examining how four years of violence and enhanced federal power transformed the nation (3). In some cases, these essays succeed marvelously. Ultimately, however, if this volume is effective in recasting the period, it does so by omission, in that it ignores democratization struggles in the northern states. The thick volume consists of twelve chapters. Four turn their focus to labor issues in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

The World the Civil War Made ed. by Gregory P. Downs and Kate Masur (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 6 (3) – Aug 18, 2016

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The World the Civil War Made. Edited by Gregory P. Downs and Kate Masur. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015. Pp. 378. Paper, $29.95.) Most Confederates put down their arms in 1865, but in some ways the war continued, and not merely in the guise of reactionary night riders. In The World the Civil War Made, editors Gregory P. Downs and Kate Masur argue that the mainstream narrative of the Reconstruction era--ahistorically hammered by generations of historians into a concise 1863-to-1877 window--does not always provide a workable context for understanding every corner of the vast country. Their stated goal is not simply to provide a fresh understanding of the decades after 1865 by juxtaposing distinctly regional stories and historiographical approaches. They wish to recast what they call "the period formerly known as Reconstruction" by examining how four years of violence and enhanced federal power transformed the nation (3). In some cases, these essays succeed marvelously. Ultimately, however, if this volume is effective in recasting the period, it does so by omission, in that it ignores democratization struggles in the northern states. The thick volume consists of twelve chapters. Four turn their focus to labor issues in

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Published: Aug 18, 2016

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