Originally published in 1979 by the Southern Illinois University Press, this volume is a narrative and interpretive account of the struggle between President Andrew Johnson and Congress over the nature of the Constitution and the Union, the meaning of Black freedom, and reconstruction policy during a crucial time in the early post-Civil War era. Written for both the specialist and the general reader in Reconstruction history, Riddleberger's clear narrative of national politics in 1866 and his synthesis and criticism of Beale's work and the works of such revisionist historians as Eric McKitrick, Lawanda and John Cox, W.R. Brock, and Stanley Coben make this book a solid contribution to the current reappraisal of the presidency of Andrew Johnson and the events of that critical year.
I am delighted to see this new edition of Riddleberger's 1866. The enlarged Preface alone, containing as it does his estimations of important relevant analyses that have come into print since the original edition appeared, makes the revision worthwhile. I welcome the new version into my own collection, for 1866, now more than ever, is a staple in the literature.--Harold M. Hyman, Center for the History of Leadership Institutions, Rice University
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 14th September 1984
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.28 x 14.63 x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.45