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New Orleans after the Civil War: Race, Politics, and a New Birth of Freedom.

New Orleans after the Civil War: Race, Politics, and a New Birth of Freedom. Justin A. Nystrom. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-8018-9434-3, 344 pp., cloth, $60.00.

Justin Nystrom explores the city of New Orleans from the moment of secession through 1898 by utilizing the experiences of individuals in a study that blends social, political, urban, and cultural history. A quest for stability dominated the process of Reconstruction in New Orleans, and Nystrom finds important parallels between what happened in the streets of the city and the national episodes of the rise of white supremacy and segregation. Chapters proceed chronologically and tackle a wide variety of topics, including the decisions regarding secession, life in New Orleans during federal occupation, the tumultuous era of Reconstruction (including special attention to the street battles and episodes of violence), the rise and dominance of the Redeemers and the ultimate legacy of Reconstruction on both the city and its people. The work also nicely infuses the biographical stories of such notable residents as Edmund Arthur Toledano, Frederick Nash Ogden, Henry Clay Warmoth, and Ezekiel John Ellis, among others.

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Publication:Civil War History
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Date:Dec 1, 2011
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