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Freedom’s Unfinished Revolution: An Inquiry into the Civil War and Reconstruction


A textbook designed for high school classrooms, Freedom’s Unfinished Revolution: An Inquiry into the Civil War and Reconstruction, examines one of the most contested periods in America’s history where social conflict and change shaped the national landscape for generations to come.

Freedom’s Unfinished Revolution links the Civil War to the problems and promises of the Reconstruction era, providing a broader historical context to the racial injustice and social upheavals that followed. Filled with rich primary sources—letters, speeches, photographs, engravings, novel excerpts, among others—this textbook uses critical thinking exercises and supplementary resources to help students construct historical narratives. Freedom’s Unfinished Revolution wasproduced by ASHP/CML, written by William Friedheim with Ronald Jackson, and published by The New Press.

“Unlike any high-school textbook I have ever seen. It brings students into the practice of history by demystifying the historian’s craft. It invites students to make their own judgments rather than absorb what historians tell them. Its rich visual materials bring authentic primary source documents from the Civil War era into the learning process. It proposes teaching activities, one after another, that ought to overjoy all teachers who wish to see active learning in their classrooms. If that wasn’t enough, the text is sound as Vermont granite, reflecting the best scholarship of recent decades. Don’t call this a textbook; call it a gold mine.”
—Gary B. Nash, director, National Center for History in the Schools

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