Below are books for students and teachers on the Reconstruction era in the United States. We also recommend the lesson, Reconstructing the South: A Role Play, the free downloadable booklet from the National Park Service called The Era of Reconstruction: 1861-1900, and The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy.
The Zinn Education Project Teach Reconstruction Campaign offers more lessons for middle and high school, a student campaign to make Reconstruction history visible in their communities, and an annotated list of recommended teaching guides, student-friendly books, primary document collections, and films.
Most of the books on this website are linked for more information or purchase to Powells, an independent, union labor bookstore. Titles with reviews are noted with an asterisk(*). Feedback on this list and suggestions for additional titles are welcome.