City College of New York professor Gregory Downs examines the Reconstruction Era that followed the American Civil War. Professor Downs explores several questions from the period: Without voting rights, what does the end of slavery mean for African Americans? Should former Confederates be welcomed back into Congress? And, how do you end a civil war? Topics discussed include ideas about reconciliation in Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, as well as decisions on reconstruction made during the administration of Lincoln's successor, President Andrew Johnson.
More Info »