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Heather Cox Richardson Personal Life, Address, career, and All Detail!
Richardson was born in Maine in 1962 and attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter Richardson Personal Life, New Hampshire. She studied under David Herbert Donald and William Gienapp at Harvard University, where she earned her B.A. and Ph.D.
Richardson (Personal Life) Addresses:
Winchester, Massachusetts is where I call home. Office: University of Massachusetts, Herter Hall, 161 Presidents Dr., Amherst, MA 01003-9312; fax: 413-545-6137. The Garamond Agency is located at 12 Horton St. in Newburyport, MA 01950. E-mail—firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richardson (Personal Life)
Professor of history, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1993-2002; Charles Warren Center Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1998-99; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, professor of history, 1998-99. Consultant and member of the Tredegar National Civil War Center Foundation’s national advisory board.
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Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 1997, The Greatest Nation on Earth: Republican Economic Policies During the Civil War.
“The Death of Reconstruction” by Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 1865-1901: Race, Labor, and Politics in the North After the Civil War.
The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War: West from Appomattox, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 2007.
Sidney Andrews, Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, LA, 2004; and Thomas J. Brown, Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, 2006, both as an introduction and a chapter, “North and West of Reconstruction,” in their respective works, The South since the War: As Shown by Fourteen Weeks’ Travel and Observation in Georgia and the Carolina, published by Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA). Contributor to the Chicago Tribune’s book review staff Member of the American Nineteenth Century History editorial board.
Richardson (Personal Life)
History professor Heather Cox Richardson specializes in the Civil War and Reconstruction periods. She is a consultant for companies that train secondary school teachers in addition to giving classes on American nineteenth-century history. Richardson also teaches classes and writes book reviews for academic publications. A Bill Moyers film, The Chinese in America, featured her.
As a historian who has written extensively on the Republican Congress’s 1861–1865 economic policies, Richardson has penned numerous books, including The Greatest Nation of the Earth: Republican Economic Policies During the Civil War. To begin, she gives a history of the new Republicans who met for the first time on July 4, 1861, before focusing on various aspects of their activities in the next six chapters. Slavery was outlawed, the first transcontinental railroad was built, and the progressive Republican party generated money through the issuance of bonds and the creation of the federal territory. They also created a banking system and a national currency and levied taxes and tariffs.
This group aimed to establish a conducive climate for the growth of American agriculture, laborers, and companies. As the economy grew, so did corruption and opposition, and as companies got more dominant, small farmers and laborers lost ground. As a regulator of large corporations, the government neglected to assist those who suffered as a result of industrialization.
The Historian James A. Hodges wrote in his review of Richardson’s The Greatest Nation of the Earth that it “deepens and broadens one’s perspective on complex issues. As an illustration, consider her description of the monetary legislation. Even the most illiterate person should be able to explain the origins of the national money.” New Books in History:
A Critique Robert Sawrey completed his review by stating that Richardson was the best “in the profession’s understanding of Republican ideologies and tactics. In addition to explaining what Republicans accomplished and why during the Civil War, this well-written book also explains why the same effective initiatives later generated huge issues for the United States.”
Author Richardson’s book, The Death of Reconstruction: Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post-Civil War North, 1865-1901, focuses on the changing attitudes of Northerners towards black Americans from 1861 until the release of Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery in 1901. Following the dissatisfaction of the Northerners with Reconstruction, she investigates topics such as black suffrage, migration, taxation, racism and violence, and civil rights.
She sheds light on the resentment felt by Northerners who viewed liberated slaves from the South as a threat to their economic well-being and hence resisted Republican efforts to assist them. As a result of the popular press, many Northerners believed that new legislation would reward those who had not fought hard for their interests. In addition, they believed that if blacks were elected and occupied office, their property rights would be at risk.
By 1893, when the Great Depression hit, things had gotten much worse for the black community. Because of their fears about what would happen if freed slaves gained political power, many Northerners rejected equality for freed blacks, according to Richardson.
Michael W. Fitzgerald said the following in his review of the book for the Journal of Southern History: “She acknowledges that racism played a significant role in the outcome, but her focus is on the worries of class conflict and societal instability that white northerners held about black behavior. Poor northerners were essentially coerced into marrying white southerners by the Parisian Communists and a politically corrupt working class.”
Shepherd W. McKinley stated in an H-Net review: “Richardson is aware of the rifts inside the Republican Party and explains how and why the party’s various factions formed temporary allies with one another or with northern Democrats. This book takes the reader on a journey through a time of political apathy, tracing the genesis and evolution of public opinion in the United States before, during, and after Reconstruction.
For the most part, Richardson offers a more nuanced account of how African Americans were neglected throughout the Reconstruction era. Well-written and well-argued, The Death of Reconstruction will appeal to both popular and scholarly audiences with its compelling, logical, and appealing argument.”
Richardson’s book, West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War, examines how the United States came to identify itself after the Civil War. Throughout American history, she shows how the geographic regions of the United States merged into a more unified country by following American history up to the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt.
She looks at those who lived in the post-Civil War era and documented their lives in such a way that their lives and the period they lived in become more historically meaningful. They include Booker T. Washington, Julia Ward Howe, Andrew Carnegie, and Sitting Bull, as well as a plantation mistress, a Native American, and a labor organizer. Richardson observes that the nation was redefined by the image of the harsh American West, more by people who idealized it than had lived there.
When hardworking Southern black men stood up for their rights and lost their jobs, they could travel to the West and work as equals alongside white cowboys, but Native Americans rarely had the same option. White-collar employees in the East filled the expanding number of positions and were able to create a good life for their families.
Richardson compared George W. Bush’s deployment of troops to Iraq to Theodore Roosevelt’s charge up San Juan Hill, arguing that modern America resembles the Gilded Age. As a nation, we tried to create a medium ground that would benefit both businesses and workers while minimizing taxes and restrictions during the Gilded Age, but it was short-lived.
Real wages in the United States are stagnant, according to Michael Kazin in the American Prospect, and the public expects action on issues such as the minimum wage, global warming, and health insurance coverage. In light of the ongoing Middle East conflict, the Republican Party has lost its reputation for protecting American interests. Finally, Kazin said: “Liberals’ inability to mobilize public emotion is more of a factor than a lack of momentum in ushering in a new Progressive Era. The new Gilded Age, with all its glamour and misery, may be history, though.”
In her final words, H-Net critic Elaine Frantz Parsons said of West from Appomattox: “is without a doubt an absorbing and enlightening read, as it places well-known historical events and people in a fresh light. Even though one could disagree with some of Richardson’s conclusions and emphases, a comprehensive reading of the book rewards the reader.”
Richardson (Personal Life) Biographical and Critical Sources:
“The American Historical Review,” published in April 1998 There are two book reviews by James L. Huston in this issue: one on The Greatest Nation of the Earth: Republican Economic Policies during the Civil War on p. 599 and one by Melinda Lawson on her book The Death of Reconstruction on p. 1457.
Review of West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War by Michael Kazin, American Prospect, May 2007, p. 41.
The Business History Review, Spring 1998, A review of The Greatest Nation on Earth by Jeremy Atack appeared in the spring, 2002 issue of The Death of Reconstruction by Michael S. Green.
ED Odom’s assessment of The Greatest Nation of the Earth and T.F. Armstrong’s review of The Death of Reconstruction appear in Choice, October 1997, and April 2002, respectively.
“The Greatest Nation of the Earth,” a book review by John D. Morton published in Civil War History in June 1998, on page 148.
The Greatest Nation on the Earth was reviewed in the May 1998 issue of the Economic Journal on page 959.
Review of The Death of Reconstruction in Ethnic and Racial Studies, January 2003, p. 188.
Historian, Winter, 2000, p. 62 Hodges p. 421; Aynes p. 163 in Richard L. Aynes’ assessment of The Death of Reconstruction in spring, 2006.
New Books, Spring 1998, History: A Review of the Latest Titles Reviewed by Robert Sawrey in “The Greatest Nation of the Earth” and “The Death of Reconstruction” by Frederick M. Beatty in Summer 2002.
March 1998 issue of the Journal of American History P. 1515, Paul F. Paskoff’s book review of The Greatest Nation of the Earth, and P. 1056, Stephen Kantrowitz’s book review of The Death of Reconstruction, both published in the December 2002 issue of The Atlantic Monthly.
144 Robert Harrison’s review of “The Death of Reconstruction” in the Journal of American Studies, April 2003.
December 1997 review of The Greatest Nation on Earth; March 2002 review of The Death of Reconstruction in the Journal of Economic Literature
In his review of The Death of Reconstruction for the Journal of Southern History, Michael W. Fitzgerald writes on page 451.
Robert H. Zieger, review of The Death of Reconstruction in Labor History, February 2003, p. 137.
Library Journal, August 2001, Robert Flatley, review of The Death of Reconstruction, p. 132.
Review in the New York Times Book Review, July 22, 2007, by Mark Lewis, p. 14.
Review of The Greatest Nation of the Earth by Reference & Research Book News, November 1997.
American History Reviews in June 2002, p. 252 in Michael Perman’s assessment of The End of Reconstruction.
A review of West from Appomattox in Tribune Books (Chicago, IL), by Elizabeth Young, was published on March 18, 2007.
Ed Ayers’ review of West from Appomattox was published in the Washington Post Book World on April 15, 2007.
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