Annal: 1988 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History

Results of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the year 1988.

Book:Reconstruction

Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877

Eric Foner

This “masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history” (New Republic) made history when it was originally published in 1988. It redefined how Reconstruction was viewed by historians and people everywhere in its chronicling of how Americans—black and white—responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the war and the end of slavery. This “smart book of enormous strengths” (Boston Globe) has since gone on to become the classic work on the wrenching post-Civil War period—an era whose legacy reverberates still today in the United States.

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