Videos from The Reconstruction Era Unit

The videos listed on this page are referenced within The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy unit.

Death and the Civil War  PBS American Experience

The Birth of a Nation Available on the Internet Archive. We suggest that you use the following clips:

"The Birth of a Nation Depicts the South Carolina Legislature (Time codes: 1:53:45 to 1:56:45)" and "The Birth of a Nation Depicts Klansmen as Heroes (Time codes: 2:45:50 to 2:59:00)"

African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Available to borrow from the Facing History Library for members of our educator network

"The Story We Tell" Part 2 of Race: The Power of an Illusion Available to stream from the Facing History website for members of our educator network

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