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New Orleans after the Civil War : race, politics, and a new birth of freedom /
Justin A. Nystrom.
imprint
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
description
ix, 324 p.
ISBN
0801894344 (hardcover : acid-free paper), 9780801894343 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
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imprint
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
isbn
0801894344 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
9780801894343 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
contents note
Poor New Orleans! 1861-1862 -- The dawning of new realities: 1862-1865 -- Homecomings and personal reconstructions: 1865-1868 -- Carpetbagger prince: 1869-1872 -- Lessons of the street: 1872-1873 -- Caste and conflict: 1873-1874 -- The redeemer's carnival: 1874-1877 -- The season of redeemer discontent: 1878-1886 -- A hard-handed stability: 1886-1898.
catalogue key
7161228
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-11-01:
Nystrom (Loyola Univ.) provides not only a useful addition to the historiography of late-19th-century Louisiana but also a case study of how the loss of the Civil War and the demands placed on former Confederates and other Southerners affected the region. Using New Orleans as a case study was a wise choice because the city had been the South's largest urban area before the war, was captured early in the war without damage, and had a diverse population that contributed to hopes that the city could serve as the foundation for a workable Republican Party in Louisiana that would influence the party's development in other parts of the South. Nystrom balances the larger themes of Reconstruction with the personal stories of men of a rising generation who had shared the experiences of war (on both sides of the conflict) and carried those memories into their postwar political participation. This book recounts their intertwined experiences as they sought to establish a degree of stability in their community after the end of slavery fundamentally altered it and is an excellent choice for any collection in US history. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. J. P. Sanson Louisiana State University at Alexandria
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A fascinating and complex story that Nystrom's narrative incisively clarifies to a degree no work before has managed to accomplish.
An excellent choice for any collection in U.S. history.
"An excellent choice for any collection in U.S. history." -- Choice
[A] richly detailed, thought-provoking study of politics in postbellum New Orleans. A study that...breaks new ground and will generate fresh thinking abou Reconstruction in New Orleans and the nation.
[A] richly detailed, thought-provoking study of politics in postbellum New Orleans... Breaks new ground and will generate fresh thinking abou Reconstruction in New Orleans and the nation.
Justin A. Nystrom takes the reader on the journey from slavery to freedom, emancipation to suffrage then back into a harsh period of disfranchisement by the end of the nineteenth century... [He] moves beyond previous revisionist studies on Reconstruction by examining indicators of change by way of those making the decisions.
Nystrom now adds nuance to these studies by providing a close biographical reading of several New Orleanians as they struggled with questions of secession, occupation, emancipation, racial equality, and political division.
Nystrom takes the reader on the journey from slavery to freedom, emancipation to suffrage then back into a harsh period of disfranchisement by the end of the nineteenth century... [He] moves beyond previous revisionist studies on Reconstruction by examining indicators of change by way of those making the decisions.
Nystrom does an excellent job of showing Reconstruction, at least in New Orleans, in a new light -- as a longer process and a far more complex one in which both white Democrats and Republicans of all ethnic traditions seem less certain and more pragmatic than previous histories of the period would have it. New Orleans after the Civil War offers a very useful new perspective on a central event in American history.
"Nystrom does an excellent job of showing Reconstruction, at least in New Orleans, in a new light -- as a longer process and a far more complex one in which both white Democrats and Republicans of all ethnic traditions seem less certain and more pragmatic than previous histories of the period would have it. New Orleans after the Civil War offers a very useful new perspective on a central event in American history." -- Gaines M. Foster, Louisiana State University
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Summaries
Main Description
We often think of Reconstruction as an unfinished revolution. Justin A. Nystrom's original study of the aftermath of emancipation in New Orleans takes a different perspective, arguing that the politics of the era were less of a binary struggle over political supremacy and morality than they were about a quest for stability in a world rendered uncertain and unfamiliar by the collapse of slavery. Commercially vibrant and racially unique before the Civil War, New Orleans after secession and following Appomattox provides an especially interesting case study in political and social adjustment. Taking a generational view and using longitudinal studies of some of the major political players of the era, Nystrom asks fundamentally new questions about life in the post--Civil War South: Who would emerge as leaders in the prostrate but economically ambitious city? How would whites who differed over secession come together over postwar policy? Where would the mixed-race middle class and newly freed slaves fit in the new order? Nystrom follows not only the period's broad contours and occasional bloody conflicts but also the coalition building and the often surprising liaisons that formed to address these and related issues. His unusual approach breaks free from the worn stereotypes of Reconstruction to explore the uncertainty, self-doubt, and moral complexity that haunted Southerners after the war. This probing look at a generation of New Orleanians and how they redefined a society shattered by the Civil War engages historical actors on their own terms and makes real the human dimension of life during this difficult period in American history.
Main Description
We often think of Reconstruction as an unfinished revolution. Justin A. Nystrom's original study of the aftermath of emancipation in New Orleans takes a different perspective, arguing that the politics of the era were less of a binary struggle over political supremacy and morality than they were about a quest for stability in a world rendered uncertain and unfamiliar by the collapse of slavery.Commercially vibrant and racially unique before the Civil War, New Orleans after secession and following Appomattox provides an especially interesting case study in political and social adjustment. Taking a generational view and using longitudinal studies of some of the major political players of the era, Nystrom asks fundamentally new questions about life in the post--Civil War South: Who would emerge as leaders in the prostrate but economically ambitious city? How would whites who differed over secession come together over postwar policy? Where would the mixed-race middle class and newly freed slaves fit in the new order? Nystrom follows not only the period's broad contours and occasional bloody conflicts but also the coalition building and the often surprising liaisons that formed to address these and related issues. His unusual approach breaks free from the worn stereotypes of Reconstruction to explore the uncertainty, self-doubt, and moral complexity that haunted Southerners after the war.This probing look at a generation of New Orleanians and how they redefined a society shattered by the Civil War engages historical actors on their own terms and makes real the human dimension of life during this difficult period in American history.
Main Description
We often think of Reconstruction as an unfinished revolution. Justin Nystrom's original study of the aftermath of emancipation in New Orleans takes a different perspective, arguing that the politics of the era were less of a binary struggle over political supremacy and morality than they were about a quest for stability in a world rendered uncertain and unfamiliar by the collapse of slavery.Commercially vibrant and racially unique before the Civil War, New Orleans after secession and following Appomattox provides an especially interesting case study in political and social adjustment. Taking a generational view and using longitudinal studies of some of the major political players of the era, Nystrom asks fundamentally new questions about life in the post--Civil War South: Who would emerge as leaders in the prostrate but economically ambitious city? How would whites who differed over secession come together over postwar policy? Where would the mixed-race middle class and newly freed slaves fit in the new order? Nystrom follows not only the period's broad contours and occasional bloody conflicts but also the coalition building and the often surprising liaisons that formed to address these and related issues. His unusual approach breaks free from the worn stereotypes of Reconstruction to explore the uncertainty, self-doubt, and moral complexity that haunted Southerners after the war.This probing look at a generation of New Orleanians and how they redefined a society shattered by the Civil War engages historical actors on their own terms and makes real the human dimension of life during this difficult period in American history.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Embracing the Ambiguities of an Uncertain Agep. 1
Poor New Orleans! 1861-1862p. 6
The Dawning of New Realities, 1862-1865p. 28
Homecomings and Personal Reconstructions, 1865-1868p. 52
Carpetbagger Prince, 1869-1872p. 82
Lessons of the Street, 1872-1873p. 115
Caste and Conflict, 1873-1874p. 140
The Redeemer's Carnival, 1874-1877p. 160
The Season of Redeemer Discontent, 1878-1886p. 186
A Hard-Handed Stability, 1886-1898p. 211
Conclusion: Reconsidering the Lessons of Reconstructionp. 239
Appendixes
Sample of "Committee of Fifty-One" Members of the February 18, 1872, Reform Party Meetingp. 248
White League Roster Samplep. 254
Louisiana Senate, 1880 versus 1892p. 266
Notesp. 273
Biographical Sketches of Key Figuresp. 305
Sources and Methodologyp. 309
Indexp. 315
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