Henry Louis Gates Jr. Seeks to Reconcile History and Truth in 'Reconstruction'

Phillip Luke Sinitiere
May 7, 2019 - 5:00

The extent to which Americans are willing to face the truth of the past--in the fullness of its tragedy and triumph--is the extent to which there’s hope that society can collectively achieve freedom and liberation. This is especially relevant for our understanding of the history of the post-Civil War period known as the Reconstruction Era, which lasted from 1863, the date of the Emancipation Proclamation, until 1877, when federal troops left southern states. Harvard...

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