Texas after the Civil War
The Struggle of Reconstruction
Texas History
6.125 x 9.25, 248 pp.
16 b&w photos., 2 maps.
Pub Date: 09/28/2004
Texas A&M Southwestern Studies
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Texas after the Civil War

The Struggle of Reconstruction

By Carl H. Moneyhon

As the Civil War ended, the South—and especially Texas, which had escaped the military ravages of the war—stood poised on the brink of a new social, economic, and political order. Congressional Reconstruction, the Freedmen’s Bureau, the U.S. Army, and a Republican state administration all presaged change. Nonetheless, Texas in 1874 more closely resembled the Texas of 1861 than anyone might have predicted at war’s end. Reconstruction had remade little.

In Texas after the Civil War, Carl H. Moneyhon reconsiders the reasons Reconstruction failed to live up to its promise. He shows that the period was not one of corruption and irresponsible government, as earlier studies had argued; nor was the Republican regime of Edmund J. Davis devoid of accomplishments. Rather, the fact that the Civil War had shaken but not destroyed the antebellum community made the resistance to changes in government and society even greater than elsewhere in the South. Moneyhon vividly examines the character of violence in the state, as well as the social and economic forces that shaped the response to Reconstruction.

Clearly and engagingly written, masterful in its survey of the last fifty years of research on the era, this book will stand as the definitive synthesis and interpretation of Reconstruction in Texas for years to come.

CARL H. MONEYHON, a professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is a specialist on the Civil War and Reconstruction. Author of Republicanism in Reconstruction Texas, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association.

What Readers Are Saying:

“A pioneer work . . . an excellent synthesis of ‘Political Reconstruction in Texas’ and Reconstruction’s failure as told from the revisionist point-of-view . . . It will be the new ground-breaker on the subject, the place to start for anyone doing serious work on Reconstruction in Texas. Moneyhon has done a great service for Texas historians and Southern historians by distilling much of the new revisionists’ works on the subject.”--James Smallwood, Professor Emeritus, Oklahoma State University

“A pioneer work . . . an excellent synthesis of ‘Political Reconstruction in Texas’ and Reconstruction’s failure as told from the revisionist point-of-view . . . It will be the new ground-breaker on the subject, the place to start for anyone doing serious work on Reconstruction in Texas. Moneyhon has done a great service for Texas historians and Southern historians by distilling much of the new revisionists’ works on the subject.” --James Smallwood, Professor Emeritus, Oklahoma State University

“Clear and readable . . . This study is by one of the best scholar writings on Reconstruction in Texas at this time. Thus the work will become the standard history of the topic for several years.” --Alwyn Barr, Texas Tech University

“Most comprehensive study to date of Texas’s Reconstruction.” --Journal of Southern History

“A generation of revisionist scholars who have waited patiently for a new comprehensive synthesis on Reconstruction Texas will celebrate the publication of Carl Moneyhon’s Texas After the Civil War. . . .Moneyhon has produced a valuable source for students and scholars of Reconstruction Texas and his work should become a classic...” --East Texas Historical Association

“Carl E. Moneyhon provides both a useful synthesis of the past few decades’ work on Reconstruction and a well-written corrective to still prevalent notions about that era...In that sense this book richly deserves to be read as a corrective to a flawed collective memory; a cautionary tale of the difficulty in achieving social, economic, and political change in Texas, and a warning of the ultimate cost in human misery of conservative domination.” --Southern Historical Quarterly

he does a splendid job in synthesizing the scholarship of revisionist studies of the past three decades…This is a splendid volume that should be the first work individuals consult when seeking to understand Reconstruction in Texas.” --Western Historical Quarterly

“Moneyhon provides a clear picture of Texas during Reconstruction. His well-organized book…provides historians with a much-needed work on Texas history that is accessible and likely interesting to both history scholars and enthusiasts alike.” --Texas Books in Review

“Moneyhon has produced a first-rate piece of scholarship and made an admirable and important contribution to his field.” --American Historical Review

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