Faculty Book: Gregory Downs
After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War
(Harvard University Press, 2015)
After Appomattox argues that the war did not end with Confederate capitulation in 1865. Instead, a second phase commenced that lasted until 1871—not the project euphemistically called Reconstruction but a state of genuine belligerency whose mission was to shape the terms of peace. The dawn of legal peacetime “heralded the return of rebel power, not a sustainable peace.”
Gregory Downs (GC/City College) is a professor of history.
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Submitted on: MAY 1, 2015
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