Category Reconstruction

Charles Calhoun on Ulysses S. Grant

Here’s Professor Charles W. Calhoun speaking at the Smithsonian Associates on Ulysses S. Grant as President of the United States. This is an excellent presentation The video’s description reads, “Charles Calhoun reevaluated the 18th president. Mr. Calhoun is the author of The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant. He explained why Grant was considered an unsuccessful chief executive by […]

Historian Eric Foner on Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution

Here’s Professor Eric Foner delivering an excellent talk that provides an overview of Reconstruction and its historiography. The video’s description tells us, “Speaking at the Century Association in New York City, historian Eric Foner discusses why Reconstruction remains one of the most crucial and least understood epochs in American history, and why understanding it has […]

The Constitution Center on the 14th Amendment

Here’s an excellent video on the 14th Amendment provided by the US Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA. This video is very well done and is excellent for use in middle school or high school classrooms.

A Reconstruction Roundup

There have been a few Reconstruction items published recently. Eric Foner has this article in the Slate Academy about black officeholders in South Carolina during Reconstruction. He tells us, ” Just a few years after the end of slavery, hundreds of black men throughout the South occupied positions of real political power at all levels. In some […]

President Andrew Johnson’s Legacy

Here’s Professor Annette Gordon-Reed of Harvard University giving a presentation to the 2017 Lincoln Forum on Andrew Johnson, one of the worst presidents in our country’s history. This is a really good presentation. The video’s description reads, “Harvard University professor Annette Gordon-Reed talked about the legacy of Andrew Johnson, the nation’s 17th president who took office following Abraham Lincoln’s […]

Race, Suffrage, and the 15th Amendment

Here’s law professor Michael Klarman of Harvard Law School delivering a presentation on the weaknesses of the 15th Amendment and how those weaknesses were exploited to deny African Americans their right to suffrage. The video’s description reads, “Professor Michael Klarman talked about what he sees as the flaws of the 15th Amendment and the exploitation and […]

Commemorating Post-Civil War Reconstruction in National Parks

Here’s a panel discussion on the commemoration of Reconstruction by the National Park Service, and how Beaufort, South Carolina was chosen as the site of the Reconstruction Era National Monument. The video’s description reads, “Historians talked about the challenges of interpreting the post-Civil War period in the national parks and about the first Reconstruction-era monument in […]