Reconstruction: America After the Civil War
Excerpts from Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s documentary series provide young historians with insight into the struggles the country faced in the years after the Civil war. Viewers learn about the Black Codes designed to restrict the freedom of former slaves, the impact of the Fifteenth Amendment that granted African American men the right to vote, and the work of Civil Rights leader Ida B. Wells. In addition, class members examine the propaganda in D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation that sought to reframe the history of Reconstruction.