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Faculty Book: Joshua Brown

Eric Foner and Joshua Brown

Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction
(Alfred A. Knopf, 2005)

Drawing on a wide range of long-neglected documents, one of our most distinguished historians, Eric Foner, places a new emphasis on the centrality of the black experience to an understanding of the vitally important years of Emancipation and Reconstruction during and immediately following the Civil War. We see African Americans as active agents in overthrowing slavery, in helping win the Civil War, and in shaping Reconstruction and creating a legacy long obscured and misunderstood. He also shows that renewed acts of racial violence, including the birth of the Ku Klux Klan, were retaliation for the progress made by blacks. Joshua Brown’s illustrated commentary on the era’s graphic art and photographs complements the narrative and offers a unique portrait of how Americans envisioned their world and time. Joshua Brown is the executive director of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at The Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: NOV 1, 2005

Category: History