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Reconstruction



  • Has America Ever Been in Such a Crisis Before? Yes, Three Times

    by Heather Cox Richardson

    A lot of folks have been asking me lately if America has ever been in such a crisis before and, if so, what people in the past did to save democracy. The answer to the first question is yes, it has, three times.


  • Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the 15th Amendment

    by Alan Singer

    February 2020 is the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution declaring “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”



  • The Equality That Wasn’t Enough

    by Jamelle Bouie

    The most radical Radical Republicans had a better idea of how to cast the 15th Amendment. We should have listened to them.


  • The American Left Needs a Contemporary Thad Stevens

    by Van Gosse

    Protest, “resistance,” and speaking truth to power are no longer enough. Leftists need to think about how to wield power in our complex political system and Thad Stevens offers a valuable blueprint. 


  • Ilhan Omar is a Reconstruction Reformer

    by William Horne

    The failure to hold the race-baiting press, politicians, and vigilantes responsible during Reconstruction undermined any semblance of equality for more than 100 years. We can't make the same mistake. 



  • How Reconstruction Still Shapes American Racism

    by Henry Lewis Gates, Jr.

    Regardless of its brevity, Reconstruction remains one of the most pivotal eras in the history of race relations in American history —­ and probably the most misunderstood.



  • Grant’s First Tomb

    by Jamelle Bouie

    Ulysses S. Grant, inaugurated as president 150 years ago today, missed a chance to reconstruct the South economically as well as politically.