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AN ALBUM OF RECONSTRUCTION by William Loren Katz

AN ALBUM OF RECONSTRUCTION

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Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1974
Publisher: Franklin Watts

Another outspoken defender of the promise of Reconstruction, Katz adds little that is new but centers his text around specific examples of how the policy and its abandonment affected life in the South. Old photos and prints of overflowing Freedmen's Bureau schools, of formal weddings (which had been denied to slaves), of ex-slaves traveling in search of new homes and lost relatives, of distinguished looking black legislators and anti-Johnson cartoons are followed by satiric drawings exposing the violence of the Klan and the impotence of Northern troops posted to protect blacks, and, later, of workers in the cotton fields, returned to ""slavery under another name"" by ""black codes,"" white violence and the perpetual indebtedness of share-cropping. The text is direct and generally judicious, but the black and white reproductions dominate. Like Katz' Civil War Album (KR, p. 189, J-99) this supplies some interesting visual footnotes to a well documented era.