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“Reconstruction: America After the Civil War”

April 8, 2019

I had the good fortune to attend a screening on April 4, 2019, of “Reconstruction: America After the Civil War”. This is Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s latest documentary series which will air on April 9 & 16 at 9PM on SCETV.

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Dr. Gates also attended, which was an interesting surprise.

Can you see that I am in the row right behind him??

Damon Fordham, MA; Dr. Millicent Brown; Dr. Walter Edgar

There was much valuable discussion by the panel that enriched my understanding of reconstruction after the war. My basic knowledge of reconstruction were the words “Scalawags” and “Carpetbaggers”, and the first “C” I ever made was in American History.

There is also a new interactive website called Reconstruction360. It’s a great learning tool, especially for those of us who made a “C” or less in American History.

In a strange twist of fate, I started transcribing post-war documents just a few days before I received an invitation to go to this screening. I got a message from someone with an extra ticket. It was a sold-out event, and the tickets were free. The time and space of the universe conspired to create a spot for me to go after work. The screening was held in the auditorium at TCL – the Technical College of the Lowcountry which was about 1 mile from where I work.

Tune in or stream it. It is going to be amazing.