American Experience; Reconstruction: The Second Civil War; Interview with Eric Foner, Historian, Columbia University
Part of Reconstruction Interviews.
Foner talks about expansion of industry, cotton economy, John R. Lynch elected to Congress, raising taxes to pay for social services, corruption, election of Ulysses S. Grant, violence and opposition to Reconstruction, the Ku Klux Klan and the White League, Amos Ackerman and efforts against the Klan, the Fifteenth Amendment, sharecropping and overproduction of cotton.
- American Experience
- Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
- Program Number
1602 and 1603
Interview with Eric Foner, Historian, Columbia University
- Series Description
As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award.
- Program Description
In the tumultuous years after the Civil War (1863-77), America grappled with how to rebuild itself, how to successfully bring the South back into the Union and how to bring former slaves into the life of the country. Dion Graham narrates. 1602 Revolution--In the chaos following the Civil War, a revolution takes shape in the South. Former slaves move to take control of their lives, setting up their own communities, churches and schools. Southern whites, deeply threatened, resist often violently. Congress finally acts to stem the violence and safeguard blacks rights, and passes Radical Reconstruction, imposing military rule on the South and giving black men the vote. 1603 Retreat--Radical Reconstruction, the worlds first large-scale experiment in interracial democracy, sweeps across the South; white resistance flares into violence. Northern commitment to Reconstruction wanes as the white Southern version of Reconstruction, the lost cause, captures the Northern imagination. By l877, Reconstruction is over, but it has laid the groundwork, both in legislation and in black memory, for the great Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s.
- Asset Type
- Media Type
- Deane, Elizabeth (Producer)
- Foner, Eric (Interviewee)
- Publication Information
- WGBH Educational Foundation
- Rights Summary
Rights Holder: WGBH Educational Foundation
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- APA: American Experience; Reconstruction: The Second Civil War; Interview with Eric Foner, Historian, Columbia University. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_35174AC2B0A34E0DAA3F4019272EA80F