Scholars discuss how and why the history of Reconstruction is so contested.
Students consider how US history books, films, and other works of popular culture have misrepresented the history of the Reconstruction era.
The Reconstruction era was a pivotal moment in American history. Civil rights were set in motion as Americans grappled to rebuild after the division and trauma of the Civil War, raising essential questions about freedom and democracy.
Scholars discuss the effects that the changes brought about by the Civil War had on the identities of American citizens.
Scholars discuss the evolution of the definition of freedom for emancipated slaves after the Civil War.