CRITICAL ESSAY ON AUTHORITIES
T HE best general guide to the sources for the period is the foot-note references of James Ford Rhodes, History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 ( 7 vols., 1893- 1906), V.-VII. J. N. Larned, Literature of American History ( 1902), contains an annotated list of works dealing with the period; good but incomplete. W. L. Fleming gives a very useful list in New York State Education Department, Syllabus No. 98, The Reconstruction of the Seceded States ( 1905). References appended to articles in J. J. Lalor, Cyclopædia of Political Science ( 3 vols., 1881- 1884), are of value for the constitutional issues of reconstruction, and are considerably extended in the reprint of those articles edited by J. A. Woodburn, as American Political History ( 2 vols., 1905), II. The Cambridge Modern History, VII., The United States ( 1903), 818-822, has a very useful list, but without evaluation of the works.
The only comprehensive narrative covering the years of reconstruction in a scientific spirit is James Ford Rhodes, History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 ( 7 vols., 1893- 1906), V.-VII. Woodrow Wilson, History of the American People ( 5 vols., 1902), includes a brief but just and well-proportioned sketch of the period in vol. V. The years after 1870 are very well treated by E. Benjamin Andrews, The United States in Our Own Time ( 1903).