Reconstructing America

  • by Joy Hakim
  • Narrated by Christina Moore
  • 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Covering a time of great hope and incredible change, Reconstructing America is a dramatic look at life after the Civil War in the newly re-United States. Railroad tycoons were roaring across the country. New cities sprang up across the plains, and a new and different American West came into being: a land of farmers, ranchers, miners, and city dwellers. Back East, large-scale immigration was also going on, but not all Americans wanted newcomers in the country. Technology moved forward: Thomas Edison lit up the world with his electric light. And social justice was on everyone's mind with Carry Nation wielding a hatchet in her battle against drunkenness and Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois counseling newly freed African Americans to behave in very different ways. Through it all, the reunited nation struggles to keep the promises of freedom in this exciting chapter in A History of US.

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Reconstructing America: A History Of US, book 7

Joy Hakim makes history come to life. In this volume, Joy steps outside the boundaries of what would normally be read in a stock history book about reconstruction and discusses PEOPLE. People in the forms of women, african americans, and many others who stood up to a societal time which was largely against them. The book is packed with TOUCHING primary and secondary documents that connect the reader/listener to the people or events. Joy often uses the "Socratic Method" of questioning, allowing the reader/listener to think for him/herself.

My only negative comment is that Joy sometimes places too much emphasis on the accomplishments of women during this period of American History (it sometimes gets a bit long-winded). My opinion in this matter, however, could be the product of the educational system I was brought up in with the emphasis on dates and the accomplishments of men.

This being said, Joy Hakim has thus far become one of my favorite writers of American History. I'm a teacher. I've read lots of great stuff and lots of crap. Joy is truly a great writer because you can feel her passion for American History through her writing...... great book, Joy. Sooooo much more than words. Your book is more like a historical conversation between yourself and the reader/listener. You have made history COME TO LIFE.
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- Tom

Not for the advanced reader

This series is descrbed as being for people 9 to 99, but I think it hits about high school age, or someone for whom English is a second language, or someone with absolutely no background in American history. Actually it might be very good for people studying for American citizenship. But for the serious or even mildly knowledgable, the book is is skimpy, oversimplified and not satisfying.
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- Ilze

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2005
  • Publisher: Recorded Books