As Jay Garner, the American administrator of Iraq, has rapidly discovered, the political and religious divisions of the country could quickly derail any singularly American reconstruction
Muir accuses Putnam of "a peculiarly American reconstruction
of Italian history" that "prizes the Italian past only insofar as it can be shown to lead to the triumph of republican institutions and democratic," thereby overlooking the fact that the first communes in Italy "were certainly not democracies," but a kind of mutual defence pact that generally "collapsed in distrust and violence, were absorbed by more powerful cities, or succumbed to petty tyrants" (p.
Thomas thinks that this has little real value in forging an African American reconstruction
of experience and identity within contemporary American society.
Residents welcomed the American reconstruction
effort, even though it is only a drop in the bucket.
Marsalis introduced his second extended work, "Lost in the Crescent," written to reflect the pain and frustration of indentured servants during the American Reconstruction