Confronting the Propaganda of Reconstructions Failure

Lecture Description

Many Americans learn in school that Reconstruction “failed.” But few can accurately identify who failed to do what and why. The story of Reconstruction looks completely different when we move from the centers of power in D.C. to the hamlets and villages across the South where the rubber of policies met the road of everyday life. In this lecture, Williams challenges the Lost Cause narrative of the Civil War and Reconstruction by detailing the story of African Americans and their allies’ historic achievements and the causes and consequences of the nation’s betrayal of their expansion American freedom and democracy


African American Civil War and Reconstruction

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