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A Tour of Reconstruction

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J. Matthew Gallman, professor of history at the University of Florida, is the author of America's Joan of Arc: The Life of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.


"[...] [T]his engrossing and educational book would be a good entry point into discussions of the Civil War and Reconstruction." -- Georgia Library Quarterly "Anna Dickinson's correspondence... provides an intriguing post-emancipation portrait of African American land ownership, employment, education, and community ties... Dickinson's letters stand well on their own as an unreconstructed norther's perspective on an equally unreconstructed postwar South." -- Giselle Roberts, G "[N]ot only a rich collection of primary sources but also important lessons on the historian's craft." -- The Journal of Southern History "Gallman has done a great service to researchers and teachers alike by making Dickinson's letters accessible as a book. The grounding of the introduction, brevity of the book, complexity of the themes, and vibrant language make this an excellent selection for an undergraduate course on the Civil War era. -- Journal of the Civil War Era" -- Andrew L. Slap, Journal of the Civil War Era "Powerful and provocative, Dickinson's letters recreate the diversity and complexity of the postwar South as seen through the eyes of one of the nation's most celebrated public women." -- Caroline E. Janney, author of Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies' Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause "Anna Dickinson's letters belong on any short list of classic travel accounts of the post-Civil War South. They offer splendid descriptions of the physical landscape, highlight continuing bitterness among the defeated Confederate population, and provide insights regarding race relations in the wake of emancipation. J. Matthew Gallman's excellent editorial work enhances the value of A Tour of Reconstruction, which deserves to attract the widest possible audience." -- Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Union War "Dickinson is a fascinating character and a shrewd observer. No one knows her better than Matt Gallman, and he has done an excellent service by making these unpublished letters available." -- Aaron Sheehan-Dean, author of Why Confederates Fought: Family and Nation in Civil War Virginia "Makes a valuable contribution to the literature on Reconstruction and specifically on Northern views of Reconstruction in the Southern states." -- Anne Sarah Rubin, author of A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of Confederacy

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