Reconstruction at 150

"The Fifteenth Amendment," lithograph with watercolor by Thomas Kelly, circa 1870. Courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Consider the lasting impacts of Reconstruction (1865-1877) on American life and culture by hosting an OAH Distinguished Lecturer.

"The period known as Reconstruction was defined by the questions of race and power, questions that flowed logically and continuously out of the Civil War," write OAH Distinguished Lecturers Gregory Downs and Kate Masur ("There's No National Site Devoted to Reconstruction—Yet," The Atlantic, April 2015). "Those questions reverberate in many political debates today—debates over the meaning of equal protection of the law, over the right to vote, and over the limits of presidential and congressional authority, both in peacetime and in war."

Also, OAH Distinguished Lecturers Susan Eva O'Donovan and William D. Carrigan write about commemorating and teaching Reconstruction history in the OAH's blog, Process. Read their posts, "Remembering Reconstruction: The Memphis Massacre of 1866" and "Why Students Don't Know Anything about Reconstruction: Three Modern Myths."

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Lisa Tetrault

Would the Women Suffragists Please Step Aside? Recovering Women's Rights in Northern Reconstruction

The 1860s and 1870s were arguably witness to the most explosive, broad-reaching, and sophisticated women's rights agitation the North had ever seen. This goes largely unrecognized in the scholarship. This outpouring of activism, however, is too often eclipsed by the story of women's suffrage. ...(Read More)

William A. Blair

Punishing the Rebels: A New Look at the Fourteenth Amendment

This lecture reveals why the rebels did not hang for treason, but also how they did receive punishment from an under-appreciated vehicle in three sections of the Fourteenth Amendment. Read More

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