The following bibliography contains some of the most significant and controversial books in Reconstruction era historiography. These volumes offer a glimpse into: traditional interpretations of Reconstruction, state and national politics, and black and whites in the Reconstruction South.

Foner, Eric. Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877. (1988).

Beale, Howard K. The Critical Year: A Study of Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction. (1930).

Belz, Herman. Emancipation and Equal Rights: Politics and Constitutionalism in the Civil War Era. (1978).

Benedict, Michael Les. A Compromise of Principle: Congressional Republicans and Reconstruction, 1863-1869. (1974)

Benedict, Michael Les. The Impeachment and Trial of Andrew Johnson. (1973).

Bowers, Claude. The Tragic Era: The Revolution after Lincoln. (1929).

Brock, W. R. An American Crisis: Congress and Reconstruction, 1865-1867. (1963).

Burgess, John W. Reconstruction and the Constitution, 1866-1876. (1902).

Butchart, Ronald E. Northern Schools, Southern Blacks, and Reconstruction: Freedmen's Education, 1862-1875. (1980).

Carter, Dan T. When the War Was Over: The Failure of Self-Reconstruction in the South. (1985).

Castel, Albert. The Presidency of Andrew Johnson. (1979).

Coulter, E. Merton. The South Duirng Reconstruction, 1865-1877. (1947).

Cox, John H. and LaWanda. Politics, Principle, and Prejudice, 1865-1866. (1963).

Dunning, William A. Reconstruction, Political and Economic, 1865-1877. (1907).

Gambill, Edward L. Conservative Ordeal: Northern Democrats and Reconstruction, 1865-1868. (1981).

Gillette, William. Retreat from Reconstruction, 1869-1879. (1979).

Hahn, Steven. A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration. (2003).

Hollandsworth, James G., Jr. An Absolute Massacre: The New Orleans Race Riot of July 30, 1866. (2001).

Hyman, Harold M. A More Perfect Union: The Impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on the Constitution. (1973).

Kutler, Stanley I. Judicial Power and Reconstruction Politics. (1968).

Litwack, Leon F. Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery. (1979).

McKitrick, Eric L. Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction. (1960).

Nieman, Donald G. To Set the Law in Motion: The Freedmen's Bureau and the Legal Rights of Blacks. (1979).

Perman, Michael. Reunion witout Compromise: The South and Reconstruction, 1865-1868. (1973).

Rabinowitz, Howard N. Race Relations in the Urban South, 1865-1890. (1978).

Rable, George C. But There Was No Peace: The Role of Violence in the Politics of Reconstruction. (1984).

Rhodes, James Ford. History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850. (7 vols., 1892-1906), vol. 6.

Richardson, Heather Cox. The Death of Reconstruction: Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post-Civil War North, 1865-1901. (2001).

Sefton, James E. The United States Army and Reconstruction, 1865-1877. (1967).

Simpson, Brooks D. Let Us Have Peace: Ulysses S. Grant and the Politics of War and Reconstruction, 1861-1868. (1991).

Simpson, Brooks D. The Reconstruction Presidents. (1998).

Stampp, Kenneth M. The Era of Reconstruction, 1865-1877. (1965).

Stowell, Daniel W. Rebuilding Zion: The Religious Reconstruction of the South, 1863-1877. (1998).

Trefousse, Hans L. The Radical Republicans: Lincoln's Vanguard for Racial Justice. (1969).

Trefousse, Hans L. Andrew Johnson: A Biography. (1989).

Williams, Lou Falkner. The Great South Carolina Ku Klux Klan Trials, 1871-1872. (1996).

Woodward, C. Vann. Reunion and Reaction: The Compromise of 1877 and the End of Reconstruction. (1951).