Although his book reads like a classic "who done it?" detective story from the pages of Sherlock Holmes, Michael A. Ross, author of The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race and Justice in the Reconstruction Era offers deep insights into the hearts and minds of Southern society in the aftermath of the American Civil War. In honor of the release of Facing History and Ourselves' newest case study The Reconstruction Era: The Fragility of Democracy, we're doing a virtual book club on the blog!
The Reconstruction Era: The Fragility of Democracy examines the choices made by former slaves and whites to forge a new meaning of membership in American democracy. Michael Ross's book complements our case study by revealing a relatively unknown story that captivated the nation in 1870 and thereby adding more complexity to our own understanding of Reconstruction .
- April 24, 2015: Chapter 1
- May 8, 2015: Chapters 2, 3, 4
- May 22, 2015: Chapters 5, 6, 7
- June 5, 2015: Chapters 8, 9, 10