Those Terrible Carpetbaggers: A Reinterpretation

Those Terrible Carpetbaggers A Reinterpretation Woodrow Wilson described them as men bent on an expedition of profit who used the negroes as tools for their own selfish ends Horace Greeley while running for President denounced them as fellows wh

  • Title: Those Terrible Carpetbaggers: A Reinterpretation
  • Author: Richard Nelson Current
  • ISBN: 9780195048735
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Paperback
  • Woodrow Wilson described them as men bent on an expedition of profit, who used the negroes as tools for their own selfish ends Horace Greeley, while running for President, denounced them as fellows who crawled down South in the track of our armies, generally at a very safe distance in the rear The South, in turn, hotly condemned them as the larvae of the North, Woodrow Wilson described them as men bent on an expedition of profit, who used the negroes as tools for their own selfish ends Horace Greeley, while running for President, denounced them as fellows who crawled down South in the track of our armies, generally at a very safe distance in the rear The South, in turn, hotly condemned them as the larvae of the North, vulturous adventurers, and vile, oily, odious Richard Nelson Current s eye opening study challenges this prevailing image of the men from the North who came to be known as carpetbaggers Weaving together biographies of ten of these men, Current the eminent Civil War historian offers a provocative revisionist history of the Reconstruction and what historians have long considered its most disgraceful episode Set within the larger context of congressional politics and the history of individual Southern states, the volume reveals a group of mostly highly educated men, almost all of whom had served with distinction in the Union Army three were generals , and several of whom brought their own money down South to help rebuild a war torn land Current s vividly told narrative captures the passions of this tumultuous period as he documents the careers and private lives of these ten prominent men Moreover, he provides a major reinterpretation of the entire Reconstruction era and the effort to establish a biracial democratic government in the South This brilliant collective biography will force us to rethink our views of this controversial epoch in American history.

    One thought on “Those Terrible Carpetbaggers: A Reinterpretation”

    1. Not an exciting book unless you are interested in the material, which I was. If you are looking for a clear and concise statement of the arguments concerning Reconstruction, this is definitely not the book for you. This is more of a general knowledge type thing which you would consider reading if you already understood the main issues and were interested in fleshing out your knowledge a bit.

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