'Reconstruction' Review: A Dream Deferred

May 21, 2018

The Wall Street Journal, 5.21.18

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‘Reconstruction’ Review: A Dream Deferred

The Wall Street Journal, 5.21.18

Book review by David Reynolds, a distinguished professor at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York and, most recently, the editor of Lincoln’s Selected Writings, a volume in Norton’s Critical Editions series. Reynolds reviews Allen C. Guelzo’s Reconstruction: A Concise History, calling it a succinct but informative work. Mr. Guelzo traces the course of Reconstruction over time — its troublesome political and legal path — and helps us grasp both what it accomplished and why it failed.