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"A richly detailed, thought-provoking study of politics in postbellum New Orleans... Breaks new ground and will generate fresh thinking about Reconstruction in New Orleans and the nation."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"This is an important book for understanding postwar urban politics in the largest city in the South. It is deeply researched, splendidly written, and well contextualized within the larger historiography of Reconstruction."

"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."

New Orleans after the Civil War
Race, Politics, and a New Birth of Freedom
Publication Date: 15 Apr 2015
Status: Available
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Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 324 pages
Illustrations: 6 halftones
ISBN: 9781421416977