- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: University Press of Kentucky; 1st edition (June 24, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 081310971X
- ISBN-13: 978-0813109718
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,191,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With Charity for All: Lincoln and the Restoration of the Union Paperback – June 24, 1999
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"This is the best book I have ever read about Reconstruction during the Lincoln administration. With Charity for All offers a powerful argument for the continuity of Lincoln's generous approach to Reconstruction, and it provides a wealth of information showing how the president's mind worked. I only wish I had had this first-rate book before me when I was writing my Lincoln biography."―Journal of American History
"2nd place winner of the 1997 Lincoln Prize."―
"Harris offers powerful, fresh arguments about the pros and cons of Lincoln's policies, and supports all of his conclusions with first-rate scholarship and writing."―Civil War Courier
"Essential reading for all interested in wartime Reconstruction."―Georgia Historical Quarterly
"A detailed, well-organized overview of Lincoln's reconstruction policy."―History
"A very fine book in every way, and an important contribution to Reconstruction historiography. Harris writes clearly with an easy style that effortlessly keeps his readers on track."―Illinois Historical Journal
"Harris brings impressive research and new sophistication to an old question."―North & South
About the Author
William C. Harris was named an Alumni Distinguished Professor for Research at North Carolina State University on the basis of this book.
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This book is a must for all those interested in Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War and the Reconstruction period which followed it.
Its theme is the "pre-history" of Reconstruction, dealing with the attempts by Lincoln, whilst the war was still in progress, to re-establish loyal governments in various southern states. Some of this, notably the well-known Louisiana experiment, has been written about before, but much is included which will be new to the general reader. For instance, Tennessee and Arkansas, both of which have been rather neglected in comparison to Louisiana, get a fairer share of attention in this work. The Tennessee chapter is particularly interesting as it includes some of the prehistory of Andrew Johnson, and perhaps illuminates some of the personality traits which helped to land him in trouble as President. Better still, there are whole chapters devoted to the more obscure Reconstruction projects in Florida and North Carolina, of which I had vaguely heard but about which I knew virtually nothing. All in all, a valuable addition to my education on a subject which has always interested me.
Also, this book registers a firm, and (in my opinion at any rate) long overdue, note of scepticism about the picture, grown fashionable in recent years, of Lincoln as a sort of "closet" Radical Reconstructionist, who by the end of his life was all set to move away from his former policies, and adopt much if not all of the Radical Republican programme. Professor Harris demonstrates, to my satisfaction at any rate, that the evidence for this is somewhere between slim and none, and that whilst Lincoln's approach to Reconstruction, had he lived, would not have been identical with that of Andrew Johnson, it would have been a good deal closer to that of Johnson than of, say, Thaddeus Stevens.
As always, there is room for the odd gripe. In particular, I wonder whether the epilogue, at times, is perhaps a shade overoptimistic about Lincoln's ability to get what he wanted. Harris expresses confidence that had Lincoln been in charge, the Southern Senators and Representatives would have been admitted in 1865. I wonder if this doesn't underestimate Congressional stubbornness. However, this is quibbling. If the Civil War and related matters appeal to you, then you need to read this book, sooner rather than later. Enjoy.