The Ordeal of the Reunion

A New History of Reconstruction

The Ordeal of the Reunion

For a generation, scholarship on the Reconstruction era has rightly focused on the struggles of the recently emancipated for a meaningful freedom and defined its success or failure largely in those terms. In The Ordeal of the Reunion, Mark Wahlgren Summers goes beyond this vitally important question, focusing on Reconstruction's need to form an enduring Union without sacrificing the framework of federalism and republican democracy. Assessing the era nationally, Summers emphasizes the variety of conservative strains that confined the scope of change, highlights the war's impact and its aftermath, and brings the West and foreign policy into an integrated narrative. In sum, this book offers a fresh explanation for Reconstruction's demise and a case for its essential successes as well as its great failures. Indeed, this book demonstrates the extent to which the victors' aims in 1865 were met--and at what cost. Summers depicts not just a heroic, tragic moment with equal rights advanced and then betrayed but a time of achievement and consolidation, in which nationhood and emancipation were placed beyond repeal and the groundwork was laid for a stronger, if not better, America to come.

Rich-Hunt: The Backdated Options Frenzy and the Ordeal of Greg Reyes

Rich-Hunt: The Backdated Options Frenzy and the Ordeal of Greg Reyes

Rich-Hunt is the most comprehensive study to date of the interaction of business, law, and journalism in the backdated options episode. It is a case study of prosecutorial misconduct and the tendency of the media to be an echo chamber for accusations against businesses. But it is first and foremost the story of a man who excelled in business achievement. Greg Reyes rose rapidly in the world of high tech to become CEO of Brocade at 36 and increased its revenues twenty-fold within three years-only to be felled by a miscarriage of justice. In this deeply researched work, Donway shows how Reyes became the victim first of a board made fearful by the power of regulators; then of a frenzied media attack on backdated options; and, finally, of prosecutors who charged him with fraud. Despite the prosecutors' failure to establish that someone was misled, the central point required for a charge of fraud, Reyes was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in prison and a $15 million fine.

The Ordeal of Peace: Demobilization and the Urban Experience in Britain and Germany, 1917–1921

The Ordeal of Peace: Demobilization and the Urban Experience in Britain and Germany, 1917–1921

Historians know a great deal about how wars begin, but far less about how they end. Whilst much has been written about the forces, passions, and institutions that mobilized societies for war and worked to sustain that mobilization through years of struggle, much less is known about the equally complex processes that demobilized societies in the wake of armed conflict. As such, this new book will be welcomed by scholars wishing to understand the effects of the Great War in its fullest context, including the reactions, behaviors, and attitudes of 'ordinary' Europeans during the tumultuous events of the years of demobilization. Taking a transnational perspective on demobilization this study demonstrates that the experience of mass industrial war generated remarkably similar pressures within both the defeated and victorious countries. Using as examples the important provincial centres of Munich and Manchester, this book examines the experiences of European urban-dwellers from the last year of the war until the early 1920s. Utilizing a wide variety of sources from more than twenty archives in Germany, Britain, and the United States, this book recovers voices from the period that are often lost in conventional narratives, capturing the richness and diversity of the ideas, visions, and conflicts engendered by those difficult and tumultuous years. The result is a book that paints a vivid picture of the difficulties that peace could bring to economies and societies that had rapidly and fully adapted to the demands of industrial world war.

The Ordeal of Robert Frost

The Poet and His Poetics

The Ordeal of Robert Frost

Through close readings of Frost's poetry and often ignored prose, Mark Richardson argues that Frost's debates with Van Wyck Brooks, Malcolm Cowley, and H. L. Mencken informed his poetics and his poetic style just as much as did his deep identification with earlier writers like Emerson and William James.

The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson

The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson

The life of the Massachusetts governor accused of accepting and promoting British for controls provides a loyalist perspective on the events that precipitated the American Revolution.

The Ordeal

The Ordeal

This short-lived magazine was concerned with politics and literature; it devoted several sections to politics, and also gave attention to reviews of recent publications, poetry, and the theater. Cf. American perioidicals, 1741-1900.

The Ordeal

A Critical Journal of Politicks and Literature

The Ordeal

This short-lived magazine was concerned with politics and literature; it devoted several sections to politics, and also gave attention to reviews of recent publications, poetry, and the theater. Cf. American perioidicals, 1741-1900.

The Ordeal of Running Standing

The Ordeal of Running Standing

Two young Indians caught between two worlds follow different dreams.