This view of Reconstruction presented the time period as characterized by corruption, demagoguery and cynicism. It emphasized the vindictiveness of the Radical Republicans. Reconstruction came to an end in 1877 when federal troops were removed from the South.
Revisionists presented a much more sympathetic perspective on the time period by focusing on the significance of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. They argued that Reconstruction was more complex then the Traditionalists presented it. White southerners were not victims. Andrew Johnson was not a hero. Radical Republicans were praised. African Americans played a larger and more complex role in the process.
This view is more pessimistic and skeptical about the outcome of Reconstruction. They tend to view it as an unfinished revolution.