Civil War Reconstruction: Edward Ayers

This is from the Road From Appomattox symposium I mentioned last month.

Here’s Professor Edward Ayers kicking off the symposium.

The video’s description reads, “Edward Ayers talked about the end of the Civil War and the dawn of the Reconstruction era. He contended that Reconstruction began as early as the summer and fall of 1864. Mr. Ayers pointed to the Republican party expanding to include Democrats who supported the Union war effort, leading to Abraham Lincoln’s landslide re-election. He also spoke about Union victories on the battlefield, including the fall of Atlanta and the Shenandoah Valley campaign.”



  1. Is that you at 25:50?

  2. Glenn Toover · · Reply

    Was this a whites only lecture? Was it sponsored by the KKK? Because I looked very, very, very carefully, but I didn’t see any African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, or Muslims.


    PPS- Don’t bother responding. I won’t be back

    1. Well, troll, you have no idea what you’re talking about. I was there and while there weren’t nearly as many African-Americans as I’d like to have seen, there were some there.

      And you promised last time you crawled out from under your slimy rock that you wouldn’t be back, so you once again confirm that you’re a liar as well as stupid.

    2. Scott Ledridge · · Reply

      Well, Mr. Toover, you obviously didn’t listen to the lecture. Maybe instead of worrying about who attended, you should have been listening.

      1. Don’t worry about the troll, Scott. He’s just an idiot.

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