Lot 1010: Sidney Andrews THE SOUTH SINCE THE WAR 1866 Civil War Reconstruction Georgia Carolinas State Constitutional Conventions Military HistoryPlatinum House
November 18, 2012
Ithaca, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The South since the War: As Shown by Fourteen Weeks of Travel and Observation in Georgia and the Carolinas
Author: Sidney Andrews
Publisher: Ticknor and Fields
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 400 pages
Width: 5" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: "In the fall of 1865, Sidney Andrews, a northern-Illinois-based journalist, set out to take stock of the post-war South, traveling extensively in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia-attending state constitutional conventions and speaking with people from a variety of backgrounds. His scathing assessment gave ammunition to those advocating a more aggressive Northern hand in Reconstruction: he wrote disparagingly of a widespread lack of education and culture, an undemocratic caste system, festering racial tensions, and entrenched anti-Union sentiment.
His reports were published in The Atlantic and elsewhere, and the topic proved to be of such interest to Northern readers that some of his writings were gathered in an 1866 book, The South Since the War.
In the congressional elections that year, advocates of much harsher policies toward the South swept to power, and for the following decade-known as the years of "Radical Reconstruction"-the South would be subjected to firm rules imposed by Congress." (Introduction by Sage Stossel to the on-line text on Atlantic Montly website).
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in blind-stamped green cloth, with bright gilt lettering to spine. Book shows light external wear. Binding is firm. Preliminary pages, including title page, and initial pages of text display light foxing. Pages are otherwise clean and without markings.
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