Congress and the End of Slavery

Here’s Peter Wallenstein, Professor of History at Virginia Tech, on how Congress tried to protect African-Americans after slavery was ended.

From the video’s description:  “Virginia Tech history professor Peter Wallenstein talked about the reconvening of Congress following the Civil War and how it attempted to address the end of slavery.

“ ‘Restoration’s Unfinished Business, December 1865: Congress Reconvenes and Addresses the Implications of an End to Slavery’ was part of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society 2014 Spring Conference ‘A Just and Lasting Peace: Ending the Civil War’, held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. It was the eleventh symposium in the series, ‘The National Capitol in a Nation Divided: Congress and the District of Columbia Confront Sectionalism and Slavery.’ ”


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