Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow, by Henry Louis Gates
This is a story about America during and after Reconstruction, one of history's most pivotal and misunderstood chapters.
The narrative covers a lot of ground-and does so at occasionally breathtaking speed. The writing is at times lyrical, with repeated phrases and beautifully constructed prose. Historical quotes, photographs, contemporaneous illustrations, and other primary sources that bring depth to the history are presented throughout.– School Library Journal