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Special feature

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
The Battle for Abolition [Text-based]

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
The Negro Question: Video [Video]

This is a collection of seven short clips from the film that are related to this topic and a mini documentary about the contradictions in Northern attitudes toward freed slaves. (8:33)

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Northerners in the South: Q&A - Rebuilding the South after the War [Text-based]

Historians explain the problems of rebuilding a region destroyed by war.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Forty Acres and a Mule: Q&A - Southern Violence during Reconstruction [Text-based]

Historians describe the violent conditions that prevailed in the South.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Plantations in Ruins: Video [Video]

This is a collection of eight short clips from the film that are related to the topic and a mini-documentary about how Southern women faced the realities of war and Reconstruction, finding new roles in the process. (8:11)

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Plantations in Ruins: Q&A - The Myths of Reconstruction [Text-based]

Historians clear up misconceptions about Reconstruction.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Black Legislators: Q&A - Civil Rights during Reconstruction [Text-based]

Historians describe the debate over civil rights after the Civil War.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Black Legislators: Video [Video]

This is a collection of 12 short clips related to the topic and a mini-documentary about a former slave with a passion for politics is elected to the U.S. Congress. (7:53)

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Northerners in the South: Video [Video]

This is a collection of nine clips from the film related to the topic and a mini-documentary about a young Union veteran who travels to a remote Louisiana parish to work for the Freedmen's Bureau. (8:12)

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Access to Learning: Q&A - Schools and Education During Reconstruction [Text-based]

Historians offer thoughts about education in the South after the war.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Access to Learning: Video [Video]

Watch a mini-documentary about the effort of freed slaves to make education a priority -- but schools become targets for violence. (7:45)

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Slave to Sharecropper: Video [Text-based]

Freedmen seek rights as workers, and landowners seek control over their labor. (8:33)

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Slave to Sharecropper: Q&A: Sharecropping and Changes in the Southern Economy [Text-based]

Historians comment on labor relations between former slaves and former masters.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
The Negro Question: Further Reading [Text-based]

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
White Men Unite: Video [Video]

This is a collection of seven short clips from the film and a mini-documentary about how white Southerners, wealthy or poor, attempt to come to terms with defeat. (8:11)

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
White Men Unite: Q&A - White Southern Responses to Black Emancipation [Text-based]

Historians describe how white Southerners felt about black civil rights, and explain the intent of white supremacist groups.

The Donner Party
Call of the West [Text-based]

Find out about the Mormons, adventurers, African Americans and others who set out for the frontier.

Ulysses S. Grant
Television Production: Behind the Scenes [Non-Flash interactive]

Take apart an elegant White House dinner party scene to make your own production decisions, in visual, audio and editorial labs.

Ulysses S. Grant
Behind the Scenes: Interview with Michael Whalen [Text-based]

Ulysses S. Grant
Behind the Scenes: Interview with Bill Lattanzi [Text-based]

Ulysses S. Grant
Behind the Scenes: Interview with Katha Seidman [Text-based]

Ulysses S. Grant
Behind the Scenes: Interview with Elizabeth Deane [Text-based]

Maps

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
State by State: 1870 Map [Non-Flash interactive]

Explore the impact of the Civil War, state by state.

Primary source

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Forty Acres and a Mule: Special Order 15 [Text-based]

The Union army grants abandoned land to former slaves.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Forty Acres and a Mule: Slavery is Over [Text-based]

A black nationalist encourages freed slaves to become self-sufficient.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
A Drama of Fierce Revenge [Text-based]

A white Southern writer expresses racist sentiments that were common in his day.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
All Have Suffered [Text-based]

A young white Southern woman describes plantation life before and after the war.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Black Legislators: The 1866 Civil Rights Act [Text-based]

Congress passed the first law written to protect black Americans' rights amid turmoil and violence after the Civil War.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Black Legislators: The 1875 Civil Rights Act [Text-based]

This law, designed to provide blacks with equal access to public accommodations, was a major Reconstruction achievement doomed to fail in a racist era.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Black Legislators: Law Fails to Protect Us [Text-based]

The black citizens of a Georgia town describe the homegrown terrorism in their midst.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Black Legislators: The Work of Reconstruction [Text-based]

John Roy Lynch lists the postwar rebuilding tasks the Mississippi legislature faced in 1869.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Northerners in the South: Building up the Country [Text-based]

Marshall Twitchell describes his role in smoothing the transition from slavery.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Access to Learning: Carrying Light and Knowledge [Text-based]

Read the letters of the daughter of freed slaves who travels South to teach eager students in hostile surroundings.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Access to Learning: Were You Ever a Colored Boy? [Text-based]

A freedmen's newspaper describes the miserable experience of racism at school.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Access to Learning: The People are Daily More Enlightened [Text-based]

A South Carolina legislator lists improvements in the state educational system.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Slave to Sharecropper: Not Free Yet [Text-based]

A freed slave describes the violence he lived through after Emancipation.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Slave to Sharecropper: A Sharecropping Contract [Text-based]

Many ex-slaves were compelled to sign unfair labor contracts like this one.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Slave to Sharecropper: Good and Kind Treatment is Required [Text-based]

A model contract reveals some of the injustices typical of sharecropping arrangements.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
The Negro Question: Education is Vital to Freedom [Text-based]

A Northern publication calls for education as the solution to corruption and bad government.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
In God You Trust: The Black Race is Fit for Servitude [Text-based]

A New Orleans minister explains why whites are duty-bound to enslave blacks.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
In God We Trust: Oh, You Palefaced Hypocrites! [Text-based]

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
White Men Unite: The First-Class Men of Our Town [Text-based]

A black legislator testifies about the white men who beat him nearly to death.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
White Men Unite: Proposing Security for the Future [Text-based]

A former Confederate officer explains why he supports Union general Ulysses Grant for president.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
White Men Unite: With the White People, Right or Wrong [Text-based]

A Louisiana planter tries to justify the murders of government officials in his parish.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Northerners in the South: Refusing to Pander to Prejudices [Text-based]

Georgia governor Rufus Bullock bemoans the mindset of racists in his state.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
The Negro Question: Thomas Nast's Political Cartoons [Image-based]

A celebrity cartoonist explores the triumphs and troubles of Reconstruction.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
In God We Trust: The Black Race is Fit for Servitude [Text-based]

A New Orleans minister explains why whites are duty-bound to enslave blacks

Gallery

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
In God We Trust: Reconstruction-era Houses of Worship [Image-based]

Religion shaped many Americans' beliefs during Reconstruction.

Timeline

Fatal Flood
Timeline [Text-based]

Explore a Mississippi River flood control timeline.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
State by State: Reconstruction Timeline [Text-based]

Bibliography

Fatal Flood
Further Reading [Text-based]

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Forty Acres and a Mule: Further Reading [Text-based]

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Plantations in Ruins: Further Reading [Text-based]

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Black Legislators: Further Reading [Text-based]

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Northerners in the South: Further Reading [Text-based]

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Access to Learning: Further Reading [Text-based]

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Slave to Sharecropper: Further Reading [Text-based]

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
In God We Trust: Further Reading [Text-based]

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
White Men Unite: Further Reading [Text-based]

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
State by State: Further Reading [Text-based]

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
Forty Acres and a Mule: Video [Video]

This is a collection of 11 short clips from the film that relate to this topic and a mini-documentary (8:15) about a Northern activist who organizes a self-sufficient black community on Georgia's Sea Island.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Further Reading [Text-based]

Teacher's guide

Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

The famous Fisk Jubilee Singers provide an introduction to the Reconstruction South.

Reconstruction The Second Civil War
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Learn about the Civil War's aftermath, the end of slavery, race relations, definitions of freedom and citizenship, civil rights, black suffrage and election to political office, impeachment, regional political differences, nationbuilding after war, the cotton economy, sharecropping, federal government intervention in the states, and more.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore race relations, the Depression, the Communist Party, and regional differences in one of the most significant legal fights of the twentieth century.

Ulysses S. Grant
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore topics including frontier life, westward expansion, the U.S. government's treatment of Native Americans, the Mexican American War, the Civil War, military strategy, slavery, abolition, race relations, Reconstruction, black suffrage, the growth of the industrial economy, international relations, the presidency, impeachment, regional political differences, the business world's influence in politics, fair elections, and personal memoirs.