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Southwest Historical Quarterly
the Lone Star State than the six lines in the present volume. Even so,
this is a sound work and will add to our general understanding of the
Lamar University RALPH A. WOOSTER
Abraham Lincoln and Reconstruction: The Louisiana Experiment. By
Peyton McCrary. (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University
Press, 1978. Pp. vii+423. Preface, tables, abbreviations, appendices,
bibliographical essay, index. $25.)
It is pleasant to have one's positions confirmed. I have argued for
years that Reconstruction scholarship needed an altered calendar and
scope, because Reconstruction began surprisingly soon after Fort Sum-
ter's 1861 surrender not the day after Lee's 1865 capitulation, and be-
cause northern and border state "reconstructions" also deserved close
looks. Professor McCrary's Abraham Lincoln and Reconstruction is a
welcome addition to that augmenting pride of titles that, one way or
another, asks appropriate questions of pre-Appomattox events. Promi-
nent books (space limits proscribe attention to articles or papers) in this
very useful roster are Herman Belz's Reconstructing the Union: Theory
and Practice During the Civil War (1969) and his Emancipation and
Equal Rights: Politics and Constitutionalism in the Civil War Era
(1978); Michael L. Benedict's A Compromise of Principle: Congres-
sional Republicans and Reconstruction, 1863-z869 (1974); Felice A.
Bonadio's North of Reconstruction: Ohio Politics, 1865-1870 (1970);
Radicalism, Racism, and Party Realignment: The Border States During
Reconstruction, ed. Richard O. Curry (1969); Morton Keller's Affairs
of State: Public Life in Late Nineteenth Century America (1977);
Radical Republicans in the North: State Politics During Reconstruction,
edited by James C. Mohr (1976); Phillip S. Paludan's A Covenant with
Death: The Constitution, Law, and Equality in the Civil War Era
(1975); Peter Maslowski, Treason Must Be Made Odious: Military Oc-
cupation and Wartime Reconstruction in Nashville, Tennessee, 1862-
65 (1978); Joel H. Silbey's A Respectable Minority: The Democratic
Party in the Civil War Era, z86o-z868 (1977); and Joe Gray Taylor's
Louisiana Reconstructed, 1863-1867 (1974). More particularly, Lincoln
and ... the Louisiana Experiment also supplements admirably C. Peter
Ripley's Slaves and Freedmen in Civil War Louisiana (1976).
This list is no news for McCrary. His research thoroughness, empha-
sizing archival manuscript sources, is evident on every page. To be sure,
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