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Making History Relevant: Reinterpreting America's Reconstruction Era

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We will first examine how historians' evolving interpretations of the post-Civil War Reconstruction era have both influenced--and been influenced by--social and cultural changes. We will then examine a case study of Reconstruction in the Shenandoah Valley illustrating more recent approaches to interpreting the era’s social and political issues, its cultural context and racial progress. With this context, in the final session we will explore Reconstruction’s relevance to such contemporary issues as marriage as a civil right, defining and re-defining American citizenship, culture and politic’s symbiotic relationship, and equality before the law, among other issues.

Class Details

3 Sessions
Weekly - Sun


Donna Dodenhoff 



Please read:  America's Reconstruction: People and Politics After the Civil War by Eric Foner, ISBN: 0807122343 (ISBN13: 9780807122341) Published June 1st 1997 by LSU Press



Registration Closes On
Sunday, September 23, 2018 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/23/2018 - 10/7/2018 Weekly -Sun 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Williamsburg, TBD  Map Donna Dodenhoff