Category Reconstruction

Professor Buzzkill on U.S. Reconstruction

“Professor Buzzkill” is Professor Joseph Coohill, a historian of modern Britain and Ireland. This is a podcast he hosts in which sometimes he has guest historians speaking on a topic. In this particular podcast he has Professor Phil Nash to speak about Reconstruction. The podcast’s description reads, “The Reconstruction period (1865-1877) after the Civil War was […]

President Grant’s World Tour

Here’s Ryan Semmes, Associate Professor at Mississippi State University Libraries, talking about President Ulysses S. Grant’s trip around the world with his wife, Julia, after his term of office ended. The video’s description reads, “Ulysses S. Grant was president from 1869 to 1877. After serving two terms, he took a world tour with his family. […]

Slavery and Reconstruction in the West

Here’s Professor Quintard Taylor of the University of Washington speaking on Slavery and Reconstruction in the American West. The video’s description reads, “University of Washington historian Quintard Taylor explored slavery, the abolition movement, and Reconstruction in the West, focusing on Kansas and Missouri before and after the Civil War. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this talk.”

Reconstruction: Voices From America’s First Great Struggle for Racial Equality

This book from the “Library of America” is a must-have for serious students of Reconstruction history. Professor Simpson has selected an outstanding collection of primary sources to illuminate what was happening during this tumultuous period. In addition, he provides clear, concise, and cogent commentary. As an example, in the Introduction he tells us, “Framed and […]

James Longstreet and Reconstruction

Here’s UVa Professor of History Elizabeth Varon at the 2018 Nau Center Symposium speaking on James Longstreet and Reconstruction. This is an excellent presentation. The video’s description reads, “University of Virginia professor Elizabeth Varon talked about former Confederate General James Longstreet and his reputation after the Civil War. She described how Longstreet joined the Republican Party during Reconstruction and often […]

The New York Tribune February 24, 1868

In the turbulent administration of Andrew Johnson, Johnson stood with white supremacists against equal rights for African Americans. Arrayed against that group was a coalition of Radical and Moderate Republicans in Congress, along with Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton and some other key individuals. Congress had passed the Tenure of Office Act which specified […]

Reconstruction, Race, and Andrew Johnson

Here’s Professor Allen C. Guelzo of Gettysburg College discussing Reconstruction, Race, and Andrew Johnson. He did this at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg, PA. The video’s description reads, “Historian Allen Guelzo talked about his book, Reconstruction: A Concise History. He argued that despite the ratification of the 14th and 15th Amendments, the Reconstruction period failed to […]