Scholars Timothy McCarthy and George Lipsitz discuss the connection between our responsibilities in the world today and two historical periods: the civil rights movement and 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.
Scholars discuss the different visions for Reconstruction held by Congress and President Johnson.