Everything you need to understand or teach Reconstruction by Eric Foner.
"Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution 1863-1877" is a historical account of the years following the Civil War, known as the Reconstruction Era, and how the political, economic, and social environments were changed in both the North and South during this period.
Eric Foner defines Reconstruction as beginning January 1, 1863 or the day that President Abraham signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which indicated the position of the federal government under the Republican party that it had the national authority to emancipate the slaves in the South. This ushered in a series of civil rights acts and constitutional conventions that sought to extend and protect the rights of blacks in the South in the years after the war.
Reconstruction efforts were first undertaken by President Lincoln and then his successor, Andrew Johnson, in the years from 1865 to 1867, however President Johnson fell into conflict with the radical wing of the Republican party who felt...