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Author Summers, Mark Wahlgren

Title Dangerous Stir : Fear, Paranoia, and the Making of Reconstruction
Published Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (342 pages)
Series Civil War America
Civil War America (Series)
Contents Prologue: empire day? -- Paranoid politics, 1789-1861 -- Copperheads and consolidationists, 1861-1865 -- Black scare: the South after slavery -- Have we a constitution? -- Do they want still more blood? Andrew Johnson's Reconstruction -- Horrors on horrors accumulate: July 1866 -- Do you want Andrew Johnson for president or king? -- A dangerous stir in Maryland -- Impeachment fevers, 1867 -- If you don't kill the beast: impeachment at last -- Let us have peace -- The wolf who cried wolf -- Coda: the dog that barked too much at night
Summary Summers argues that reconstruction policy after the Civil War was shaped not simply by politics, principles, and prejudices, but also by fears--often unreasonable fears of renewed civil war and a widespread sense that four years of war had thrown the normal constitutional process so dangerously out of kilter that the republic itself remained in peril. Many factors shaped the reintegration of the former Confederate states and the North's commitment to Reconstruction, Summers agrees, but the fears of war reigniting, plots against liberty, and a president prepared to father a coup d'├ętat ranked h
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-322) and index
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Subject Anxiety -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Fear -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Psychological aspects.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 146961040X
(cloth ;) (alk. paper)
(cloth ;) (alk. paper)