Myth, Memory, and the Meaning of Reconstruction | Newberry

Myth, Memory, and the Meaning of Reconstruction

Thursday, October 23, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Thursdays, October 23 – December 4 (class will not meet November 27)

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Led by Joseph Harrington

While the Reconstruction of the former Confederate states began with efforts to empower former slaves, it ended with a fateful choice to pursue reconciliation between the North and South at the expense of racial justice. This seminar will discuss the progression and ultimate collapse of Reconstruction, including the conscious efforts afterward to develop a narrative of the Civil War that promoted white supremacy. For the first class, please read Reconstruction After the Civil War, chapters 1 - 3.

Joseph Harrington holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Connecticut and has led numerous Newberry seminars.

Materials List

Required Text(s):

  • Reconstruction After The Civil War, John Hope Franklin, (reissued in 2012, University of Chicago Press) ISBN 978-0226923376


  • Race and Reunion, The Civil War in American Memory, by David W. Blight (2001, Harvard University Press), ISBN 0-674-00332-2

Readings for the First Session:

  • Please read chapters 1-3 in Reconstruction After the Civil War.

CPDU credit for this course is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification. For more information see the Registration Information page.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Six sessions, $190.
Register Online.