the Literary Guild-of Claude G. Bowers'
THE TRAGIC ERA: The Revolution after Lincoln (Houghton Mifflin, 1929, cloth; 1930, paper), the Southern view reached its widest audience.
To rebut Bowers' popular anti-Negro, antiradical, anticarpetbagger, anti-scalawag book, black historian W. E. B. Du Bois six years later published his ground-breaking work, BLACK RECON- STRUCTION (Harcourt, 1935; Kraus re- print, 1976).
Du Bois's radically different-some thought alarmingly radical-interpreta- tion garnered...