Archive for December 9th, 2009

Eric Foner on Reconstruction

This brief assignment will be due next Monday, December 14.

Eric Foner is an award-winning historian who is acknowledged to be one of the foremost experts on racial relations and Reconstruction. No good student of US history should be unfamiliar with his work.

Go to this site to read Mr. Foner’s explanation of the effects that Reconstruction had upon the people and political system of the late 19th century.

Answer the following questions: 1. Analyze the differences in word and in practice between slavery and sharecropping? Was sharecropping better than slavery? Explain.

2. On the article entitled “Rights and Power” summarize the answers to the 3 questions that Mr. Foner says that the debate on Reconstruction was focused around.

3. Then compare black Republican state governments with white Democratic “home rule” state governments.