"Twelve Years in Hell: Victorian Southerners Expose the Myth of Reconstruction, 1865-1877"
By Lochlainn Seabrook
520 pages; Illustrated
In his sweeping work, award-winning author Lochlainn Seabrook addresses hundreds of issues related to the darkest, most shockingly debauched and tragic period in American history.
The real story, which thoroughly contradicts the manufactured one found in conventional history books, is told through the eyes of 125 individuals who lived through Reconstruction; mainly Southern men and women, but also a number of Yankees and even a few foreigners.To aid the reader in what is for most people a confusing and little understood subject,
Mr. Seabrook includes discussions on events and developments that occurred before and after Reconstruction, along with a fascinating in-depth introduction, hundreds of notes, an exhaustive index, an important appendix, an inclusive bibliography, and rare photos and illustrations from the time period, many with information-packed captions.
Based on eyewitness accounts and divided into two major sections, one comprised of essays, the second containing personal views, this is the only modern, purely Southern, historically accurate work on Reconstruction, and, like so many other books by Mr. Seabrook, is sure to become a classic in Southern literature.
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