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23. Black Reconstruction in the South: The Freedpeople and the Economics of Land and Labor

The Civil War and Reconstruction (HIST 119) Professor Blight begins this lecture in Washington, where the passage of the first Reconstruction Act by Congressional Republicans radically altered the direction of Reconstruction. The Act invalidated the reconstituted Southern legislatures, establishing five military districts in the South and insisting upon black suffrage as a condition to readmission. The eventful year 1868 saw the impeachment of one president (Andrew Johnson) and the election of another (Ulysses S. Grant). Meanwhile, southern African Americans struggle to reap the promises of freedom in the face of economic disempowerment and a committed campaign of white supremacist violence. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction 04:20 - Chapter 2. Implications of the Four Reconstruction Acts 10:49 - Chapter 3. The Impeachment Process for Andrew Johnson 27:50 - Chapter 4. The Election of Grant in 1868 and the Advent of the Ku Klux Klan 47:40 - Chapter 5. The Second Reconstruction's Impact on Freed Slaves and Conclusion Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Spring 2008.
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