May 19, 2013 · 1:30 PM
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We had a lot of fun during our last meeting reenacting the 19th century debate about slavery and trying to understand where the “bad guys” (i.e., those who constructed an elaborate justification of slavery) were coming from. It was enlightening.
After discussing the slavery debate in the 19th century, and, the time before that, the abolition of slavery in countries other than the United States, it would seem logical to follow up by discussing the Civil War. However, we already covered many issues related to the Civil War in our April meeting, and, as a group dedicated to the history of ideas, we don’t want to be reduced to analyzing which general used what strategy to win battles. So, the group has decided to skip over the Civil War years – and jump right into the Reconstruction Era (the time period from 1865 to 1877).
When it comes to the Reconstruction Era, we can find many interesting subtopics of discussion. There are the Reconstruction Amendments to the Constitution (the 13 th, 14th and 15th). There’s the issue of racism, and what it was like to be a freed slave at that time. We can also take up the question that historians have been debating for well over a century: Was the Reconstruction a success or a failure, and why?
Join us on May 19th for what is certainly going to be a fascinating discussion!
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