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Reconstruction, 1863-1877: A New Birth of Freedom?

After slavery in the South was outlawed by Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, the question arose: How would the status of the newly freed slaves be defined and protected? For 14 years during and after the Civil War, leaders of the Republican Party attempted to impose a new political and economic order on the conquered South, making freedom and equality before the law a reality for black people.  This course will examine the path of Southern Reconstruction, culminating in its tragic failure in 1877, and the consequences of this failure for the future of American democracy.

Instructor Bio:

Greg Taylor is a retired attorney and Episcopal clergyman and an avid amateur historian, with a special interest in American political and religious history. He previously taught JILL and OLLI courses titled Religion in America, The English Bible in History and Literature, Revolutionary America, To End All Wars: The Treaty of Versailles, and Who was Jesus?

Recommended Reading:

Eric Foner, Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877  (2002)


Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A26 Gregory Taylor Sept 28, Oct 5, 12, 19 Th 1:30-3:00 p.m. Westminster Canterbury A

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