The Reconstruction Era

  • 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!

Please bring a snack or beverage to share. To cover the cost of running the meetup, a donation of $2 is respectfully requested.

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  • Peggy C.

    always fun, and informative, thanks all

    2 · May 20, 2013

  • Brian Y.

    Great discussion as usual!

    May 19, 2013

  • laura g b.

    Very productive small group and pleasant, breezy weather outside.

    May 19, 2013

  • Bob

    Thanks Alexandra --- I will look forward

    May 18, 2013

  • Bob

    I am hoping to attend - this period and that pre WW1 are ones that I am very interested in and have minimal info on.
    Bob

    May 15, 2013

    • Alexandra

      You'll have another opportunity, Bob. We meet every third Sunday of the month (with some exceptions).

      May 18, 2013

  • Gary H

    Too many other pressing things to get done and other meetings to attend. By the way, reconstruction innitiated major land reform and redistribution, land taken from their original plantation owners by force and given to former slaves. - Gary

    May 18, 2013

    • Alexandra

      The land redistribution contradicts what I read, Gary. There was plan to give each freed slave "four acres and a mule", but it was never carried out. Many former slaves became sharecroppers.

      I hope you'll come to the next meeting, so we can respectfully debate!

      May 18, 2013

  • Bob

    Folks- lunch invite has come up and prevailed --- please keep me in mind for the next one?

    May 18, 2013

    • Alexandra

      Rob, is you are on the mailing list, you'll be automatically notified about the nest one. With rare exceptions, we meet every third Sunday of the month.

      May 18, 2013

  • Bob

    sorry - missing this one but please ask me back

    May 18, 2013

  • Lawrence Y.

    Can't make it this Sunday - have family visiting from out of town. Have fun - see you next time!

    1 · May 13, 2013

    • Alexandra

      We'll miss you, Larry. Have fun and hope to see you next time!

      May 13, 2013

    • laura g b.

      You're a good addition, Larry. Enjoy the family time.

      May 13, 2013

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