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Reconstruction Resources
"The Sea-Ward Face of Fort Sumter"
Frontispiece of On Sherman's Track: or, the South After the War
by John Kennaway, 1867

Please note that items in bold are described in the Library's online catalog and you will need to review the catalog to obtain the call number of each item.

I. Manuscript and Archival
  • The James Alfred Hoyt Collection: contains post-Civil War Hoyt family correspondence, as well as materials related to Hoyt's political career during the Reconstruction era, including his work on Wade Hampton's 1876 gubernatorial campaign. See also the James and Nellie Hoyt Family Scrapbook.
  • The Furman Family Collection: contains personal correspondence and other materials from members of the Furman family throughout the entirety of the Reconstruction era.
  • The Mary Bridges Barr Family Collection: contains personal correspondence from the Reconstruction era, mostly documenting every-day activities and commenting on the health of the Barr family and their neighbors.
  • The Mary A. Roe Courtship Collection: contains courtship letters between Mary A. Roe and Luther P. Hawkins from August 12, 1873 to December 3, 1875; which comment on events and conditions in Greenville, SC during the late Reconstruction era.
II. Books and Published Materials
  • The South: a tour of its battlefields and ruined cities: a journey through the desolated states and talks with people, J. T. Trowbridge, 1866
  • Bill Arp, so called: a side show of the Southern side of the war, Bill Arp, illustrated by M.A. Sullivan, 1866
  • On Sherman's track: or, The South after the war, John H. Kennaway, 1867
  • Proceedings in the Ku Klux trials at Columbia, S.C., in the United States Circuit Court, November term, 1871, Printed from government copy, 1872
  • The prostrate state: South Carolina under Negro government, James S. Pike, 1874
  • Destruction and reconstruction: personal experiences of the late war, Richard Taylor, 1879
  • Invasion of the moon; or, Something for philanthropists to do. By Rev. Jno. G. Williams, Allendale, South Carolina, John G. Williams, 1889
  • History of Edgefield County: from the earliest settlements to 1897: biographical and anecdotical, with sketches of the Seminole war, nullification, secession, reconstruction, churches and literature, with rolls of all the companies from Edgefield in the War of Secession, War with Mexico and with the Seminole Indians, John A. Chapman, 1897
  • Revised and amended prescript of Ku Klux Klan, Ku Klux Klan, 1904
  • The clansman: an historical romance of the Ku Klux Klan, Thomas Dixon, Jr.; illustrated by Arthur I. Keller, 1905
  • Civil war and reconstruction in Alabama, Walter L. Fleming, 1905
  • Reconstruction in South Carolina, 1865-1877, John S. Reynolds, 1905
  • Hampton and reconstruction, Edward L. Wells, 1907
  • Ousting the Carpetbagger from South Carolina, Henry T. Thompson, 1926
  • South Carolina During Reconstruction, Francis Butler Simkins and Robert Hilliard Woody, 1932
  • The Private Journal of Henry William Ravenel, 1859-1887, ed. Arney Robinson Childs, 1947
  • The antislavery legacy: from reconstruction to the NAACP, James M. McPherson, 1968
  • The scalawags of North Carolina, 1850-1868, James L. Lancaster, 1974
  • True to His Colors: A Story of South Carolina's Senator Nathaniel Barksdale Dial, Rebecca Dial, 1974
  • Hilary Abner Herbert: a southerner returns to the Union, Hugh B. Hammett, 1976
  • Greenville : the history of the city and county in the South Carolina Piedmont, Archie Vernon Huff, Jr., 1995
III. Microfilm in General Collection
  • Ungrateful servants?: Edgefield's Black Reconstruction, part I of the total history of Edgefield County, South Carolina, Orville Vernon Burton, 1975
  • The educational efforts of the major freedmen's aid societies and the Freedmen's Bureau in South Carolina, 1862-1870, Josephine Walker Martin, 1971
  • Federal protection of the freedmen in South Carolina, 1871, Robert D. Loftus, 1968
  • Federal troops in the South Atlantic states during Reconstruction, 1865-1877, John Robert Kirkland, 1967
  • Historical interpretation of the Reconstruction Era in United States history as reflected in southern state required secondary school level textbooks of state histories, Thomas B. Bailey, Jr, 1967
  • Suppressing the Ku Klux Klan [microform]; the enforcement of the reconstruction amendments, 1870-1874, Everette Swinney, 1967
  • The Methodist Episcopal Church, the South, and reconstruction, 1865-1880, Ralph E. Morrow, 1954
IV. Reference and Other Materials in the Main Library
  • Historical dictionary of the Civil War and Reconstruction, William L. Richter, 2004, Reference Collection
  • Encyclopedia of American history, Gary B. Nash, general editor, 2003, Reference Collection
  • Rebels and renegades: a chronology of social and political dissent in the United State, Neil A. Hamilton, 2002, Reference Collection
  • The ABC-CLIO companion to American reconstruction, 1862-1877, William L. Richter, 1996, Reference Collection
  • Freedom's lawmakers: a directory of Black officeholders during Reconstruction, Eric Foner, 1993, Reference Collection
  • Historical dictionary of reconstruction, Hans L. Trefousse, 1991, Reference Collection
  • The political history of the United States of America during the period of Reconstruction, April 15, 1865-July 15, 1870, Edward McPherson (1830-1895), with a new introd. by Harold M. Hyman and Hans L. Trefousse, 1972, Reference Collection
  • The Nation in crisis, 1861-1877, David Herbert Donald, 1969
  • A documentary history of the Negro people in the United States, edited by Herbert Aptheker; Pref. by W.E.B. DuBois, 1951, Reference Collection

  • Fighting chance: the struggle over woman suffrage and Black suffrage in Reconstruction America, Faye E. Dudden, 2011, General Collection
  • A dangerous stir: fear, paranoia, and the making of Reconstruction, Mark Wahlgren Summers, 2009, General Collection
  • Capitol men: the epic story of Reconstruction through the lives of the first Black congressmen, Philip Dray, 2008, General Collection
  • The bloody shirt: terror after the Civil War, Stephen Budiansky, 2008, General Collection
  • Carpetbaggers, cavalry, and the Ku Klux Klan: exposing the invisible empire during Reconstruction, J. Michael Martinez, 2007, General Collection
  • Fenians, freedmen, and southern Whites: race and nationality in the era of Reconstruction, Mitchell Snay, 2007, General Collection
  • The doom of Reconstruction: the liberal Republicans in the Civil War era, Andrew L. Slap, 2006, General Collection
  • Forever free: the story of emancipation and Reconstruction, Eric Foner; illustrations, edited and with commentary by Joshua Brown, 2005, General Collection
  • All things altered: women in the wake of Civil War and Reconstruction, Marilyn Mayer Culpepper, 2002, General Collection
V. Online Resources at Furman
VI. Web Sites