Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-208) and index.
1. The Context of Republican Reconstruction -- 2. The Political Culture of Countersubversion -- 3. Nationality and Class: The Land Question -- 4. Ethnic and Racial Nationalism -- 5. Civic Nationalism.
"Unlike southern whites and blacks, Irish Americans are seldom mentioned in Reconstruction histories. By joining the Fenians with freedpeople and southern whites, Snay seeks to assert their central relevance to the dynamics of nationalism during Reconstruction and offers a highly original analysis of Reconstruction as an Age of Capital and an Age of Emancipation where categories of race, class, and gender - as well as nationalism - were fluid and contested."--BOOK JACKET.