After the Civil War: the United States and the Reconstruction of the South

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On 9 April 1865 General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, and after four years of slaughter the American Civil War came to an end. President Lincoln had already promised to heal the divisions caused by the war but he was to be assassinated in the following week. Was his successor, Andrew Johnson, the right man to carry out the programme of granting full political rights to the former enslaved people? In Congress and in the states of the former Confederacy, Radical Republicans sought to remodel the South, to modernise its economy and to transform its racial attitudes. At best they were only partially successful. Within twenty years the old planter class was back in power, 'Jim Crow' laws officially segregated blacks and whites, and the Ku Klux Klan was carrying out brutal lynchings.

Course aim

to show the successes and failures of the programme for the Reconstruction of the South after the defeat of the Confederacy in the American Civil War.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • understand the challenges faced by the President and Congress in carrying out the programme of Reconstruction
  • be aware of the legislation that gave civil rights to Blacks
  • recognise the difficulties and opportunities facing Blacks in the Reconstruction era
  • assess the successes and failures of the programme of Radical reconstruction

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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After the Civil War: the United States and the Reconstruction of the South

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