Reconstruction as a Pure Bourgeois Revolution

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Reconstruction has been variously interpreted as an a reprehensible act of sectional oppression, as a failed experiment in racial egalitarianism, or as an unfinished work of class revolution. Its participants — those who promoted it and those who opposed it — saw it in very different terms, as a “pure” bourgeois revolution, in which a free labor economy was to erase a feudal oligarchy. Unhappily, the oligarchy won, pacing the way for eighty years of racial and economic injustice.


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