Category Reconstruction

Cummings v. Missouri

The citation for this case is 71 US 277. This Reconstruction Era case comes to us courtesy of the Missouri Constitution of 1865. Unionists in Missouri were split between conservatives and radicals. The radicals, who wanted to grant civil rights to African-Americans, gained control of the constitutional convention. An abolition clause passed easily, as did […]

Punishment for Secession and the 14th Amendment

Here’s Professor William Blair of Penn State University speaking at Pamplin Park’s 2016 Symposium. His topic is “Punishment for Secession and the 14th Amendment,” telling us how part of the 14th Amendment was intended as a punishment for secession and treason in the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “William Blair talked about how the […]

Sick From Freedom

This book by Jim Downs tells about what happened to African-Americans after they gained freedom. Professor Downs, in introducing his subject, tells us, “The Civil War, however, produced the largest biological crisis of the nineteenth century, claiming more soldiers’ lives and resulting in more casualties than battle or warfare and wreaking havoc on the population […]

Why Reconstruction Matters

Here is an excellent article from Professor Eric Foner giving a great thumbnail sketch of Reconstruction and why it’s important for us to understand it. Why is Reconstruction history important? “Issues that agitate American politics today — access to citizenship and voting rights, the relative powers of the national and state governments, the relationship between […]

Reconstruction: The Unifinished War

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, I attended a reception for the opening of a new exhibit at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA, titled, “Reconstruction: The Unfinished War.” Curator Brett Kelly and CEO Wayne Motts and their team have done a good job bringing together various artifacts and providing the interpretation to go along […]

Reconstruction and 1876: Crash Course US History

Here’s the Crash Course episode on Reconstruction. The video’s description reads, “In which John Green teaches you about Reconstruction. After the divisive, destructive Civil War, Abraham Lincoln had a plan to reconcile the country and make it whole again. Then he got shot, Andrew Johnson took over, and the disagreements between Johnson and Congress ensured […]

2017 Gettysburg Winter Programs

Gettysburg National Military Park kicked off their 2017 winter programs this weekend. As usual, the programs were terrific. We started with the first discussion of the book, The Killer Angels. Supervisory Ranger Chris Gwinn led the discussion this week. We focused on the first part of the book, the part dealing with June 29 and June […]