African Americans During Reconstruction Panel

This is an excellent panel discussion with Professor Elsa B. Brown of the University of Maryland, College Park, Professor W. L. Burke, Professor Emeritus of the University of South Carolina Law School, Ehren Foley of the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, and Professor Stacey Smith of Oregon State University. They have a terrific conversation about African-Americans in Reconstruction, including telling us about some prominent African-Americans we usually don’t hear about.

The video’s description tells us, “Panelists talked about the opportunities and challenges for the African American community in the South and the West during Reconstruction. They spoke about topics such as the role of black lawyers, participation in local politics by men and women, and race relations in the western states. ‘New Directions in Reconstruction History’ was a panel of ‘The Reconstruction Era: History and Public Memory Symposium’ held at the Columbia Museum of Art.”


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