Reconstruction – America After the Civil War (2019): Hour 1

Introduction

A comprehensive and compelling history of the United States immediately following the Civil War.

Outline (General)

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.

Outline of Hour 1

The aftermath of the Civil War was bewildering, exhilarating … and terrifying. African Americans had played a crucial role in saving the Union and now, as the country grappled with the terms and implications of Reconstruction, they struggled to breathe life into their hard-won freedom. The result was a second American Revolution.

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Presenter: Henry Louis Gates Jr.
  • Release Date: 09 April 2019 (US).
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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