Category Reconstruction

The Legacy of Black Reconstruction

This article by Professor Robert Greene discusses the classic work on Reconstruction, W. E .B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction in America. Professor Greene writes, “it was Du Bois’s attempt to ‘demolish the lie about Negroes in their most important and creative period of history.’ According to the dominant telling, depicted in popular works like Birth of […]

Bill Talks with Heather Cox Richardson About ‘How the South Won the Civil War’

This is a terrific discussion between journalist Bill Moyers and his guest, Professor Heather Cox Richardson regarding her book, How the South Won the Civil War in which she traces political evolutions between the Civil War and today. The article, here, contains a transcript of their discussion.

The Week in Confederate Heritage

The big news comes out of Charlottesville, VA, where the neo-Nazis and racists who support confederate heritage staged a violent riot that resulted in the death of Heather Heyer and was linked with the deaths of two Virginia State Police officers,  Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M. M. Bates, whose helicopter crashed. This […]

Juneteenth Becomes a National Holiday

On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger of the United States Army published General Orders No. 3 at Galveston, Texas, in which he proclaimed, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, ‘all slaves are free.’ This involves an absolute equality of personal […]

Connecting the Civil War and Reconstruction to the January 6 Treason

More historians and others have weighed in on the January 6 treasonous attempted coup, and much of the commentary can connect the Civil War and Reconstruction to what happened. First let’s look at this post, which tells us, “Much will be said about the fact that these actions threaten the core of our democracy and […]

Historian David Blight On The Significance Of Reconstruction

Here’s Professor David Blight on the significance of Reconstruction. The video’s description reads, “Reconstruction essentially ended the First American Republic and completely changed the course of the country going forward. Sam Seder and author David Blight discuss this.”

Historians Weigh in on the MAGAot Insurrection

Historians around the country are providing perspective on the MAGAot insurrection at the US Capitol egged on by the seditious Toddler-in-Chief. This podcast includes an interview with Professor Manisha Sinha. You can either listen to it or read the transcript. Professor Sinha says, “Well, I think what happened yesterday was rather astounding. As a historian […]

By One Vote

Here’s Professor Michael Holt speaking about his book, By One Vote: The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876. This is a very interesting presentation with good information for us. The video’s description reads, “Michael Holt talked about his book By One Vote: The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876 (University Press of Kansas, 2011). Republican candidate Rutherford B. Hayes won […]

Historian Eric Foner Disputes ‘Fake History’ Of Reconstruction Era

Here’s Professor Eric Foner discussing Reconstruction and how it’s been interpreted. You can read the story and listen to the interview here.

World Leaders Forum: Why Reconstruction Matters

Here’s a very good conversation on Reconstruction between Professor Henry Louis Gates, Professor Eric Foner, Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, and Dr. Lee Bollinger. The video’s description reads, “This event is presented in partnership with University Libraries. The decade following the Civil War saw the passage of three Constitutional amendments that irrevocably ended slavery, established birthright citizenship […]