The historiography of Reconstruction and white supremacy, in Episode 7 of Reconstruction.

How Historians Helped White Supremacy Survive the Reconstruction Era

How Historians Helped White Supremacy Survive the Reconstruction Era

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Jan. 25 2018 4:14 PM
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Reconstruction, Reconstructed

The historiography that helped white supremacy survive the collapse of the Confederacy.

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In the final episode of Reconstruction: A Slate Academy, Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie explore how American memory has shifted since the era’s collapse. They examine how white and black communities have assessed the experiments of that decade-plus differently, and how Reconstruction’s unresolved fights carry on in contemporary political fights.