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Reconstruction: America After the Civil War

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War

Henry Louis Gates Jr. presents a vital new four-hour documentary series on Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. The series explores the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction, and revolutionary social change. The twelve years that composed the post-war Reconstruction era (1865-77) witnessed a seismic shift in the meaning and makeup of our democracy, with millions of former slaves and free black people seeking out their rightful place as equal citizens under the law. Though tragically short-lived, this bold democratic experiment was, in the words of W. E. B. Du Bois, a ‘brief moment in the sun’ for African Americans, when they could advance, and achieve, education, exercise their right to vote, and run for and win public office.

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The West Baton Rouge Museum’s Cutting Cane Ain’t All We Do Tour

The West Baton Rouge Museum’s Cutting Cane Ain’t All We Do Tour

Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.