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The Sequel of Appomattox : a chronicle of the reunion of the states   By: (1874-1932)

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In "The Sequel of Appomattox: A Chronicle of the Reunion of the States," Walter Lynwood Fleming masterfully delves into the complex and transformative period following the end of the American Civil War. Seamlessly picking up where his previous work, "Appomattox: A Narrative of the War," left off, Fleming's sequel provides readers with a comprehensive account of the post-war era that marked the reunification of our divided nation.

Fleming's meticulous research is evident throughout the book, as he skillfully weaves together various perspectives and primary sources, painting a vivid picture of the challenges and triumphs faced by both the North and South. From political rivalry and socioeconomic revamps to Reconstruction policies and the struggles of the freed slaves, the author offers a multifaceted analysis that effectively captures the complexity of this period.

One of the book's notable strengths lies in Fleming's ability to present a balanced narrative. He avoids a one-sided portrayal of events by incorporating perspectives from both Union and Confederate figures, as well as those of African Americans and women. By doing so, he brings to light the diverse experiences and viewpoints that shaped the nation's course after the war, illuminating the intricate dynamics between former enemies turned allies.

Moreover, Fleming's prose is engaging and accessible, making this historical work highly readable for both scholars and general readers alike. His narrative effortlessly transitions between key events, providing readers with a clear understanding of the sequence of post-war developments. From the initial efforts to rebuild society and the economy to the eventual healing of national wounds, the author creates a captivating account that holds readers' attention from beginning to end.

While the book provides a comprehensive overview of the era, some readers may find themselves desiring a deeper exploration of certain topics. Fleming covers a wide range of issues, but due to this breadth, some aspects might be presented more succinctly than others. Moreover, at times, the author's dedication to objectivity may leave readers yearning for more personal anecdotes or emotional insights that could make the human experience of this period even more relatable.

"The Sequel of Appomattox: A Chronicle of the Reunion of the States" is undoubtedly an essential addition to any Civil War enthusiast's library. Walter Lynwood Fleming presents a well-researched and accessible work that delves into the aftermath of one of the most critical periods in American history. By shedding light on the complexities and challenges of Reconstruction, Fleming highlights the enduring significance of this era, making it an indispensable resource for those seeking a comprehensive understanding of post-Civil War America.

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By Walter Lynwood Fleming


When the armies of the Union and of the Confederacy were disbanded in 1865, two matters had been settled beyond further dispute: the Negro was to be free, and the Union was to be perpetuated. But, though slavery and state sovereignty were no longer at issue, there were still many problems which pressed for solution. The huge task of reconstruction must be faced. The nature of the situation required that the measures of reconstruction be first formulated in Washington by the victors and then worked out in the conquered South. Since the success of these policies would depend in a large measure upon their acceptability to both sections of the country, it was expected that the North would be influenced to some extent by the attitude of the Southern people, which in turn would be determined largely by local conditions in the South. The situation in the South at the close of the Civil War is, therefore, the point at which this narrative of the reconstruction naturally takes its beginning.

The surviving Confederate soldiers came straggling back to communities, which were now far from being satisfactory dwelling places for civilized people. Everywhere they found missing many of the best of their former neighbors... Continue reading book >>

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