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Never have American public men in responsible positions, directing the destiny of the Nation, been so brutal, hypocritical and corrupt than in the period between 1865 and 1877. This is the detailed story of that tragic era.

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Pages   608
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.18" Height: 1.5"
Weight:   1.99 lbs.
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Publisher   Simon Publications
ISBN  1931541493  
ISBN13  9781931541497  

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WOW  May 5, 2006
This will really refresh your attitude to the tragic era it really shows what it was all about!
Well researched, Honest History & What Really happened  Jan 29, 2006
The author used extensive research. We can not honestly look back at history, through 'rose-colored [PC]glasses'. This book was written, when authors were not pressured to be "politically correct". I wish to draw attention to the extensive Bibliography used for this book. (If you wish the 'true story' of 'Reconstruction'; this book is a must)



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Gary: MS. Biography of Martin W. Gary, by David Duncan Wallace. In possession of the Honorable John Gary Evans, Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Hayes: The Rutherford B. Hayes MSS. Fremont, Ohio

Holden: W. W. Holden MSS.; political and personal letters. North Carolina Historical Commission, Raleigh.

Holden: Recollections of Gov. W. W. Holden, by his daughter. In author's possession.

Julian: Diary of George W. Julian, 1865-1877. In possession of Grace Julian Clarke, Indianapolis.

Morton: MS. Letters of Oliver P. Morton. Henry County, Indiana, Historical Society.

Thurman: The Allan G. Thurman Papers. Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society.

Warmoth: MS. Reminiscences of Gov. Henry Clay Warmoth. In his possession, New Orleans.


Abbott, Josiah Gardner. See Cowley.

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Bayard, Thomas F. See Spencer.

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Blair, Frank P. See Croly.

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Brown, Joseph E. See Fielder.

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Buck, S. J.: The Granger Movement. Cambridge, 1913.

Burgess, John W.: Reconstruction and the Constitution. New York, 1902.

Burton, Theodore E.: Finical Crises and Periods of Industrial and Financial Depression. New York, 1909.

Butler, Benjamin F.: Butler's Book. Boston, 1892.

Bryant, William Cullen. See Godwin.

Callender, E. B.: Thaddeus Stevens. Boston, 1882.

Carpenter, Matthew Hale. See Flower.

Chamberlain, Rose S.: Old Days at Chapel Hill. London, 1926.

Chandler, Zachariah: `Life and Public Services,' Detroit Post, 1880.

Chase, Salmon P. See Schuckers and Warden.

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Clay, Mrs.: A Bell of the Fifties. New York, 1905.

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Colfax, Schulyer. See Hollister.

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Cooke, Jay. See Oberholtzer.

Cortissoz, Royal: Life of Whitelaw Reid. Two volumes, New York, 1921.

Coulter, E. Merton: Civil War and Readjustment in Kentucky. Chapel Hill, 1926.

Cowley, Charles: Memoirs of Josiah Gardner Abbott. Boston, 1892.

Cox, S. S.: Three Decades of Federal Legislation. Providence, 1888.

Croly, David G.: Seymour and Blair: Their Lives and Services. New York, 1868.

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David, S. L.: Authentic History of the Ku-Klux Klan. New York, 1924.

Dawson, Sarah Morgan: A Confederate Girl's Diary. Boston, 1913.

Dewitt, David Miller: The Impeachment and Trial of Andrew Johnson. New York, 1903.

Dickens, Charles, See Forster.

Dunning, William A.: Reconstruction, Political and Economic. New York, 1907.

Eckenrode, H. J.: A Political History of Virginia During Reconstruction. Baltimore, 1904.

Evarts, William Maxwell: Arguments and Speeches. Three Volumes, New York, 1919.

Fessenden, Francis: Life and Public Services of William Pitt Fessenden. Two volumes, Boston, 1907.

Ficklen, John Rose: History of Reconstruction in Louisiana. Baltimore, 1910.

Fielder, Herbert: Life, Times and Speeches of Joseph E. Brown. Springfield, 1883.

Fleming, Walter F.: Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama. New York, 1905.

Fleming, Walter F.: Documentary History of Reconstruction. Two Volumes, Cleveland, 1906.

Flower, Frank A.: Edward McMasters Stanton. Arkon, 1905.

Flower, Frank A.: Life of Matthew Hale Carpenter. Madison, 1884.

Forney, John W.: Anecdotes of Public Men. Two volumes, New York, 1873.

Forster, John: Life of Charles Dickens. Three volumes, Philadelphia, 1874.

Foulke, William Dudley. Life of Oliver P. Morton. Two volumes, Indianapolis, 1899.

Fuller, Robert H.: Jubilee Jim: The Life of Colonel James Fisk. New York, 1928.

Garfield, James A. See Smith.

Garner, James W.: Reconstruction in Mississippi. New York, 1901.

Godkin, Edwin Lawrence. See Ogden.

Godwin, Parke: Life of William Cullen Bryant. Two volumes, New York, 1883.

Gorham, George C.: Life and Public Services of Edwin M. Stanton. Two volumes, Boston, 1872.

Grant, U. S.: Personal Memoirs. New York, 1885.

Greeley, Horace. See Seitz.

Grimes, James W. See Salter.

Guroski, Adam: Diary. Three volumes, Boston, 1862-66.

Hamilton, Gail: Biography of James G. Blaine. Norwich, 1895.

Hamilton, J. G. De Roulhac: Reconstruction in North Carolina. New York, 1914.

Hamilton, J. G. De Roulhac: The Correspondence of Jonathan Worth. Two volumes. Publications of the North Carolina Historical Commission, Raleigh, 1909.

Hamilton, J. G. De Roulhac, editor: The Papers of Thomas Ruffin. Publications of the North Carolina Historical Commission, Raleigh, 1920.

Hamlin, Charles Eugene: Life and Time of Hannibal Hamlin. Two volumes, Boston, 1899.

Hayes, Rutherford B. See Williams.

Hendricks, Thomas A. See Holcombe.

Hensel, W. U.: The Christiana Riot and the Treason Trials of 1851. Lancaster, 1911.

Hill, Benjamin H., Jr.: Senator Benjamin H. Hill: His Life, Speeches and Writings. Atlanta, 1895.

Hill, Benjamin H. See Pearse.

Hoar, George F.: Autobiography. Two volumes, New York, 1903.

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Holden, W. W.: Memoirs of W. W. Holden. John Lawson Monographs, Trinity College Historical Society, Durham, 1911.

Hollister, C. J.: Life of Schuyler Colfax. New York, 1886.

Holloway, Laura C.: The Ladies of the White House. Philadelphia, 1881.

Hull, George H.: Industrial Depressions. New York, 1926.

Ingersoll, Robert G.: Works. Dresden edition.

Johnson, Andrew, See Winston, Stryker, Jones, Dewitt, Moore.

Jones, James S.: Life of Andrew Johnson. Greeneville, 1901.

Julian, George W.: Speeches on Political Questions. Chicago, 1884. See also Clarke.

Lamar, Lucius Q. C. See Mayes.

Lathers, Richard. See Sanborn.

Lee, Captain R. E.: Recollections of Letters of Robert E. Lee. New York, 1926.

Leigh, Francis Butler: Ten Years on a Georgia Plantation. London, 1883.

Leslie, J. C. (and W. L. Wilson): The Ku-Klux Klan. New York, 1905.

Logan, Mrs. John A.: Reminiscences of a Soldiers Wife. New York, 1918.

Lonn, Ella: Reconstruction in Louisiana After 1868. New York, 1918.

Lowery, Robert (and W. H. McCardle):A History of Mississippi. Jackson, 1891.

McCall, Samuel: Thaddeus Stevens. Boston, 1899.

McCarthy, Charles H.: Lincoln's Plan of Reconstruction. New York, 1901.

McCulloch, Hugh: Men and Measures. New York, 1888.

McDonald, John: Secrets of the Whiskey Ring. Chicago, 1880.

McNeilly, J. S.: Climax and Collapse of Reconstruction in Mississippi. Vol. XII of the Publications of the Mississippi Historical Society.

McPherson, Edward: A Political History of the United States During Reconstruction. Washington, 1875.

Marble, Manton: A Secret Chapter of Political History. Pamphlet, New York, no date.

Maverick, August: Henry J. Raymond. Hartford, 1870.

Mayes, Edward: Lucius Q. C. Lamar His Life, Times and Speeches. Nashville, 1896.

Merriam, George S.: Life and Times of Samuel Bowles. Two volumes, New York, 1885.

Mitchell, Edward P.: Memoirs of an Editor. New York, 1924.

Moore, Frank: Life and Speeches of Andrew Johnson. Boston, 1865.

Morton, Oliver P.: See Foulkes.

Nast, Thomas. See Paine.

Nevins, Allan: Emergence of Modern America. New York.

Nicolay, Helen: Our Capital on the Potomac. New York, 1924.

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Ogden, Rollo: Life and Letters of Edwin Lawrence Godkin. Two volumes, New York, 1907.

Paine, Albert Bigelow: Thomas Nast: His Period and his Pictures. New York, 1904.

Pierce, Haywood J.: Benjamin H. Hill: Secession and Reconstruction, Chicago, 1928.

Perry, Benjamin F.: Reminiscences of Public Men. Philadelphia, 1883.

Pierce, S.: The Freedmen's Bureau. Iowa City, 1904.

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Ramsdell, William: Reconstruction in Texas. New York, 1910.

Rawlins, John A. See Wilson.

Reagan, John H.: Memoirs. New York, 1906.

Reid, Whitelaw: After the War: A Southern Tour. Cincinnati, 1866. See Cortissoz.

Reynolds, John S.: Reconstruction in South Carolina. Columbia, 1905.

Riddle, A. G.: Life of Benjamin F. Wade. Cleveland, 1886.

Ross, Edmund G.: History of the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson. Santa Fe, 1896.

Ruffin. See Hamilton.

Salter, William: Life and Times of James W. Grimes. New York, 1876.

Sanborn, Alvan F., editor: Reminiscences of Richard Lathers. New York, 1907.

Schofield, John M.: Forty-Six Years in the Army. New York, 1897.

Schuckers, J. W.: Life and Public Services of Solomon P. chase. New York, 1874.

Schurz, Carl.: Reminiscences. Two volumes, New York, 1908.

Seitz, Donn C.: Horace Greeley. Indianapolis, 1926.

Sherman, John: Recollections. Two volumes, New York and Chicago, 1895.

Smedes, Susan Dabney: Memoirs of a Southern Planter. Baltimore, 1888.

Smith, Theodore Clark: Life and Letter of James A. Garfield. Two volumes, New Haven, 1925.

Somers, Robert: The Southern States Since the War. London, 1871.

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Staples, Thomas.: Reconstruction in Arkansas, New York, 1923.

Stevens, Thaddeus. See Woodburn, McCall, Callender, and Hensel.

Stewart, William M.: Reminiscences. New York, 1908.

Stovall, Pleasant A.: Life of Robert Toombs. New York, 1892.

Stowe, Charles Edward: Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Boston, 1889.

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Sumner, Charles. See Pierce.

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Taylor, A. H.: The Negro in South Carolina During Reconstruction. Washington, 1924.

Taylor, Richard: Destruction and Reconstruction. Washington, 1924.

Thompson, Henry T. Reconstruction in Georgia. New York, 1915.

Thompson, Henry T.: Ousting the Carpetbagger from South Carolina. Columbia, 1926.

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Vallandigham, J. L.: A Life of Clement L. Vallandigham. Baltimore, 1872.

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Worth. See Hamilton.


The numerous Congressional Reports and Investigations need not be enumerated here. They are each cited in full where referred to in the text. Aside from these:

Congressional Globe and Congressional Record, 1865-1877.

Impeachment Trial of W. W. Holden. Three volumes, Raleigh, 1871.

Messages and Papers of the Presidents.

Official Report of the Impeachment Trial of Andrew Johnson.

Report of Joint Investigating Committee on Public Frauds, South Carolina, 1877-78.

Third Annual Message of W. W. Holden with Appendix. Doc. I, Sess. 1870-71.


Abbeville Press and Banner (South Carolina), 1876-77.

The Columbia State, August 8, 1926, to March 13, 1927, containing Alfred B. Williams's graphic reminiscences of the final fight for the redemption of South Carolina.

Harper's Weekly.

The Independent.

Lancaster Intelligencer, 1865-68.

McMinnville (Tenn.) Enterprise (Radical Southern paper), 1867.

The Nation.

New York Herald.

New York Sun.

New York Times.

New York Tribune.

New York World.

(The New York papers, especially The World, quoted extensively from newspapers of the West and South.)

Source-"The Tragic Era", (The Revolution After Lincoln)- Claude G. Bowers-copyright Ó 1929 by Claude G. Bowers, pages 541-547; Simon Publications 2001

First Published by The Literary Guild of America; Library of Congress Control Number: 29017848; Printed by Lighting Source Inc. La Vergne, TN Published by Simon Publications, P. O. Box 321, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

ISBN 1-931541-49-3
Well-written history, questionable view  Feb 26, 2005
This book deals with the Reconstruction period, 1865-77. Bowers is of the older school that found the Radical Republicans, led by Thaddeus Stevens and Charles Sumner, with their ideas of punishing the South for seceeding and forcing equality for blacks in the South, especially at the polls, were disastrous for the South. This view has been hotly debated; for a revisionist view see Stampp's "The Era of Reconstruction." Bowers, despite his controversial views, is an interesting historian: his style is personal and flamboyant. His emphasis is on tragedy, and his tone echoes that sentiment. To him Andrew Johnson was fighting the good fight of A. Lincoln and sought moderation in black suffrage and ease at allowing Southerners to become US citizens again; Stevens et. al. were evil monsters. An interesting book, nowhere dull.
Brilliant and politically incorrect history   Aug 7, 2004
Claude Bowers, The Tragic Era, is a brilliant politically incorrect history of the most corrupt time in the history of the United States. Bowers starts with the assumption of the Presidency of Andrew Johnson, a heroic but much maligned man in history. Johnson was a staunch Unionist and patriot, but he was also an avid believer in Jeffersonian government. He correctly saw the centralization of power by the Republican Party as dangerous to freedom.

Next Bowers delves into the "Radical Republicans" led by Thaddeus Stevens, a vicious fanatic and a man who despised white Southerners. Stevens, an ardent aboitionist and crusader for negro equality, hated the South and it's white population. He wanted "Reconstruction" to be as harsh and unforgiving as could be. Overall a true scoundrel. Next we see the abolitionist fanaticism of Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts. Sumner,as radical as Stevens also hated southern whites and was a fanatic for negro equality. Sumner, like all Radical Republicans, wanted immediate equality of the races, negro voting( even when most could not read or write), disenfanchisement of all whites, and Southern governments dominated by carpetbaggers and negroes. These carpetbaggers, along with negroes and southern "scalawags" plundered the South.

Also exposed is the lunacy and fanaticism of the abolitionists. Beloved today, they were seen as a threat to southern whites and as proponents of a bloody race war. William Lloyd Garrison, a modern hero, was Puritan of the worst stripe. He called the US Constitution a "covenant with death" and encouraged blacks to rise against the whites. Left out of modern histories of the era is the scandalous and sick call for extermination, not just of slaveholders, but of all southern whites. New England clergymen were the main culprits. This was borne out of religious fanaticism of the most extreme fundamentalist type: uncomprimising, violent, and hateful.

The phony politically motivated impeachment of Johnson, the military governing of the South, the bribery, corruption, and violence perpetrated on southern whites shows a time of disgrace and despotism. The instigating of race tensions and war by Republican governors, and their lies, and promises to freed slaves that they would give whites land to them caused innumerable tensions throughout the South.

Lastly the stolen election of 1876 where the votes of three states, Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina were manipulated causing the election of Rutherford B. Hayes. The Democratic candidate, Samuel J. Tilden, won the popular vote by 260,000 votes and more than likely the real electoral votes. In order to make a comprimise the Republican Party ended Reconstruction,and pulled federal troops out of the South.

This is a very politically incorrect, but accurate history, unlike the deconstructionist and anti-southern histories of today. It also shows that the Republican Party began as a party of Big Government and looking at today, still is.

Overall, a great read.
Simply Racist Propaganda  Dec 27, 1999
The Tragic Era was considered a legitimate text book during the Depression and for many years afterward. However its historical view is pro-confederate, racist, and totally propagandistic. In this book you will find the arguement that slaves were happy and treated well, that after the Civil War the evil Northerners raped and pillaged the South unmercifully for 12 years, and that the angelic white men of the South only became racially bigoted because it was forced on them by the uppity freed slaves. This piece of trash is on the same quality level as Mein Kampf. If you want a realistic exploration of the Reconstruction period read Kenneth M. Stampp's "The Era of Reconstruction".

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