Category Reconstruction

Factually! Episode 10: Skewed Civil War Stories with Christy Coleman

Here’s a discussion between the host of Factually!, Adam Conover, and Christy Coleman, CEO of the American Civil War Museum. It’s a pretty good conversation, though I found Mr. Conover’s voice to be grating after time. You can access the Podcast here. Advertisements

Reconstruction and the Struggle for Racial Equality

Here’s an interview conducted by the North Carolina Museum of History with Dr. Brooks D. Simpson of Arizona State University. This is an excellent discussion of Dr. Simpson’s book, Reconstruction: Voices from America’s First Great Struggle for Racial Equality. You can access the discussion here.

Reconstructing Danville

Here’s a terrific podcast from Virginia Humanities discussing Danville, Virginia during Reconstruction and during the Readjuster era. They discuss a little-remembered 1883 race riot in Danville. You can access the podcast here.  

Phinizy Lecture by historian Stephanie McCurry

Here’s Professor Stephanie McMurry giving a lecture at the University of Georgia on “Reconstructing a Georgia Woman’s Life Among the Ruins.” It’s about Gertrude Thomas, a slave-owning woman in Georgia.

What happened the last time a President chose America’s enemies over its friends

This article from Professor Manisha Sinha discusses Andrew Johnson during Reconstruction. She says, “Donald Trump likes to compare himself to Andrew Jackson, but the Andrew he really resembles is Andrew Johnson. What they have in common are delusions of personal grandeur and a tainted ascent to the presidency. Trump was elected by a minority of […]

Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood

Illustration: Najeebah Al-Ghadban; Steve Helber / AP; Library of Congress; Library of Virginia In this essay, Professor Drew Gilpin Faust of Harvard University [and former president of that university] reflects on the history of her home state and its relationship to race during her childhood. Those who read Edmund Morgan’s American Slavery, American Freedom will recognize […]

Impeachment of Andrew Johnson in Popular Culture

Here’s Professor Brook Thomas of UC Irvine discussing how Andrew Johnson and his impeachment trial were portrayed in popular culture. This was part of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s 2019 symposium on Reconstruction. The video’s description reads, “University of California, Irvine English Professor Brook Thomas delivered a talk titled, “The Politics of Popular Portrayals of Andrew Johnson’s Impeachment.” […]