Reconstruction:  America After the Civil War

Join Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for this exploration of the transformative years following the Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction and revolutionary social change.

  • #1 – Experience the aftermath of the Civil War – a bewildering, exhilarating and terrifying time. For African Americans, despite their hard-won freedom, support for their social, economic and political gains did not last.

Airs 6/3 at 8 p.m.

  • #2 – Explore the rise of Jim Crow and the undermining of Reconstruction’s legal and political legacy, and see how African Americans fought back using artistic expression to put forward a “New Negro” for a new century.

Airs 6/11 at 8 p.m.



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