This is the full text of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, "An Act to protect all Persons in the United States in their Civil Rights, and furnish the Means of their Vindication."
Examine an image of the 1868 South Carolina legislature, the first state legislature with a black majority.
Historian Douglas R. Egerton describes the life and political career of Mississippi politician Blanche K. Bruce, the first African-American to serve a full six-year term in the United States Senate.
The misconceptions of the Dunning School and the Lost Cause were embodied in some of the most significant works of American popular culture in the twentieth century. Perhaps most influential film of that century’s first half, The Birth of a Nation was steeped in the Dunning School’s interpretation of Reconstruction.
Read, view, and listen to President George Washington’s letter to Moses Seixas and the Hebrew congregation of Newport, Rhode Island, promising tolerance and religious liberty for all.