Live, Online Professional Development Seminars
for History and Literature Teachers
What Did Reconstruction Achieve?
||Date: Thursday, July 1, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Reconstruction remains one of the most disputed periods in American history. How did it re-create the nation that collapsed in 1861? Did it solidify the North's victory or permit the South to escape defeat? Did it resolve the issues that caused the War or merely postpone a final reckoning?
William B. Umstead Professor of History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
National Humanities Center Fellow
- Assigned Readings
- W. Fitzhugh Brundage, "Reconstruction and the Formerly Enslaved," essay in "Freedom's Story," TeacherServe® from the National Humanities Center.
- Equal Suffrage. Address from the Colored Citizens of Norfolk, Va., to the People of the United States, 1865, excerpts. (PDF)
- "The Eight Hour Law," New York Times, May 5, 1867. (PDF)
- "The Labor Question in Illinois," From Our Own Correspondent, New York Times, May 7, 1867. (PDF)
- "The Labor Question-Short Hours and Strikes," New York Times, June 8, 1867. (PDF)
- "Report of assaults with intent to murder, committed upon freed people in the division of Albany from January 1st to October 31st 1868," Freedmen's Bureau, 1868.
- Susan B. Anthony, "Is it a Crime for a Citizen of the United States to Vote?," (PDF)
- Response to the Supreme Court's Civil Rights Case Decision, 1883. (PDF)
- Woodrow Wilson, Division and Reunion, pp. 261-287. (PDF)
- William Tecumseh Sherman to Senator John Sherman, in Rachel Sherman Thorndike, The Sherman Letters (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1894), 296. (PDF)
- W. T. Sherman, "Home Letters of General Sherman," 1909, p. 391. (PDF)
- Walter L. Fleming, "Documentary History of Reconstruction," Vol. II, 347-354 ("The Declarations of the Secret Orders"). (PDF)
- Seminar Presentation (PowerPoint, 1.64MB)
- Seminar Evaluation
- Seminar Recording