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."

Find additional OAH Distinguished Lecturers who specialize in Civil War history here.


Edward L. Ayers

Edward L. Ayers
University of Richmond

Stephen Berry

Stephen Berry
University of Georgia

William A. Blair

William A. Blair
Penn State University

David W. Blight

David W. Blight
Yale University
 Has Video Presentation

W. Fitzhugh Brundage

W. Fitzhugh Brundage
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Orville Vernon Burton

Orville Vernon Burton
Clemson University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Emeritus)

William D. Carrigan

William D. Carrigan
Rowan University

Karen L. Cox

Karen L. Cox
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

William Deverell

William Deverell
University of Southern California and Huntington Library

Gregory Downs

Gregory Downs
University of California, Davis

James Downs

James Downs
Connecticut College

Don H. Doyle

Don H. Doyle
University of South Carolina (Emeritus)
 Has Video Presentation

Laura F. Edwards

Laura F. Edwards
Duke University

Stephen D. Engle

Stephen D. Engle
Florida Atlantic University
 Has Video Presentation

Crystal N. Feimster

Crystal N. Feimster
Yale University

Paul Finkelman

Paul Finkelman
Gratz College

Judith Giesberg

Judith Giesberg
Villanova University

David T. Gleeson

David T. Gleeson
Northumbria University Newcastle upon Tyne

Thavolia Glymph

Thavolia Glymph
Duke University

David Goldfield

David Goldfield
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
 Has Video Presentation

Lesley J. Gordon

Lesley J. Gordon
University of Alabama
 Has Video Presentation

Michael S. Green

Michael S. Green
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Mark Grimsley

Mark Grimsley
Ohio State University
 Has Video Presentation

Ariela J. Gross

Ariela J. Gross
University of Southern California

Allen C. Guelzo

Allen C. Guelzo
Gettysburg College and Princeton University
 Has Audio Presentation

Steven Hahn

Steven Hahn
New York University
 Has Video Presentation

Paul Harvey

Paul Harvey
University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Caroline E. Janney

Caroline E. Janney
University of Virginia
 Has Video Presentation

Moon-Ho Jung

Moon-Ho Jung
University of Washington

Andrew W. Kahrl

Andrew W. Kahrl
University of Virginia

Walter D. Kamphoefner

Walter D. Kamphoefner
Texas A&M University
 Has Video Presentation

Stephen Kantrowitz

Stephen Kantrowitz
University of Wisconsin-Madison
 Has Video Presentation

Wilma King

Wilma King
University of Missouri-Columbia (Emeritus)

Peter Kolchin

Peter Kolchin
University of Delaware (Emeritus)

Barbara Krauthamer

Barbara Krauthamer
University of Massachusetts Amherst
 Has Video Presentation

Elizabeth D. Leonard

Elizabeth D. Leonard
Colby College
 Has Video Presentation

James W. Loewen

James W. Loewen
University of Vermont (Emeritus) and Catholic University of America

James Marten

James Marten
Marquette University
 Has Video Presentation

Kate Masur

Kate Masur
Northwestern University

Stephen A. Mihm

Stephen A. Mihm
University of Georgia

Scott Reynolds Nelson

Scott Reynolds Nelson
University of Georgia

Richard S. Newman

Richard S. Newman
Library Company of Philadelphia

Susan Eva O

Susan Eva O'Donovan
University of Memphis

T. Michael Parrish

T. Michael Parrish
Baylor University

Christopher Phillips

Christopher Phillips
The University of Cincinnati
 Has Video Presentation

Matthew Pinsker

Matthew Pinsker
Dickinson College
 Has Video Presentation

Patrick Rael

Patrick Rael
Bowdoin College

Heather Cox Richardson

Heather Cox Richardson
Boston College

Adam Rothman

Adam Rothman
Georgetown University

Donna C. Schuele

Donna C. Schuele
California State University, Los Angeles and UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Susan  Schulten

Susan Schulten
University of Denver

Leslie A. Schwalm

Leslie A. Schwalm
University of Iowa

Daniel J. Sharfstein

Daniel J. Sharfstein
Vanderbilt University

Aaron Sheehan-Dean

Aaron Sheehan-Dean
Louisiana State University
 Has Audio Presentation

Manisha Sinha

Manisha Sinha
University of Connecticut
 Has Video Presentation

Mark Smith

Mark Smith
University of South Carolina
 Has Audio Presentation

Amy Dru Stanley

Amy Dru Stanley
University of Chicago

Lisa Tetrault

Lisa Tetrault
Carnegie Mellon University

Lea VanderVelde

Lea VanderVelde
University of Iowa

Michael Vorenberg

Michael Vorenberg
Brown University

Juliet E. K. Walker

Juliet E. K. Walker
University of Texas at Austin

Harry L. Watson

Harry L. Watson
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jeannie Whayne

Jeannie Whayne
University of Arkansas

Frank J. Williams

Frank J. Williams
Supreme Court of Rhode Island

Heather Andrea Williams

Heather Andrea Williams
University of Pennsylvania

Kenneth J. Winkle

Kenneth J. Winkle
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Andrew Zimmerman

Andrew Zimmerman
George Washington University