The Psychic Toll of Night Rides

How survivors of Klan violence described the long-term injury wrought by white terror.

Feb. 10 2018 7:00 AMThe Arming and Disarming of Black AmericaWhen black Americans finally won their Second Amendment rights, white Southerners wielded their own more anarchically than ever before.
Jan. 31 2018 11:08 AMSouth Carolina’s Forgotten Black Political RevolutionMany black Americans held public office in the former slave state before the promise of Reconstruction faded.
Jan. 16 2018 9:52 AMA Coup in North CarolinaHow white supremacists overthrew Wilmington’s legally elected city government.
Dec. 26 2017 8:15 AMWinning the Right to RideHow D.C.’s streetcars became an early battleground for post-emancipation civil rights.
Dec. 14 2017 5:22 PMThe Smearing of America’s First Black LegislatorsHow corrupt was politics in the Reconstruction era?
Nov. 30 2017 3:32 PMThe Roots of Jim CrowHow the Supreme Court failed to protect Black Americans’ hard-won rights of citizenship during Reconstruction.
Nov. 9 2017 3:10 PMWhat It TakesThe freedmen and Radical Republicans who managed to win power in local governments during Reconstruction.
Nov. 1 2017 3:48 PMHow Homesteading FailedAfter Emancipation, it was circumstance—not citizenship—that enabled freedmen in Klan-run Alabama to acquire the land they had worked in bondage.
Oct. 27 2017 5:56 AMIntroducing ReconstructionOur new Slate Academy finds the seeds of our present politics in the period after the Civil War.
Feb. 2 2018 8:04 AMWhen Black Women Reclaimed Their BodiesThe fight for sexual justice during Reconstruction.
Jan. 25 2018 4:14 PMReconstruction, ReconstructedThe historiography that helped white supremacy survive the collapse of the Confederacy.
Dec. 29 2017 5:00 AMWhen Tyranny HappenedThe federal government’s legalization of racial violence after the Civil War.
Dec. 21 2017 1:47 PMA Radical Right to HappinessThe 19th-century fight over theatergoing that revolutionized human rights.
Dec. 8 2017 7:20 AMThe Oppressor’s BookshelfAs formerly enslaved Americans battled to become literate, the only books available to them were written by white supremacists and condescending abolitionists.
Nov. 28 2017 11:52 AMA Revolution Comes HomeHow wage relations evolved after emancipation compelled slave owners to pay the domestic workers they had once enslaved.
Nov. 8 2017 2:11 PMHow Andrew Johnson Doomed the Roanoke Island Freedmen’s ColonyAmid flailing efforts to secure land for former slaves, the new president ruthlessly prioritized Confederate resettlement over the advancement of freed people.
Oct. 27 2017 5:57 AMWhat Happened to the Plantations?How freedpeople pursued the dream of land ownership during Reconstruction, and how they were denied.
Oct. 27 2017 5:55 AMA Timeline of ReconstructionA Slate Academy guide to the key events that defined America from 1863 through 1883.