Local historian claims Civil War Reconstruction started in Syracuse, not Washington

A LeMoyne College history professor has a look at post-Civil War Reconstruction and its Syracuse ties

LeMoyne College Historian Douglas Egerton is looking at the years after our Civil War, and concludes they were not as disastrous as most Americans believe.

Egerton's new book 'The Wars of Reconstruction' documents major progress in literacy and voting rights, as well as holding public office by freed slaves.

He also argues that the agenda for post Civil War reform was set at a convention held at what is now Syracuse's Mission Restaurant on Columbus Circle. Egerton argues that white Americans saw reconstruction as a program to rebuild the South, while African Americans saw it as a chance for nationwide reform.

The author will be talking about his book (and signing) at Auburn's public Theater on Wednesday, February 12th at 7pm.

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