America's Reconstruction: The Untold Story





July 6-26, 2021 Length: 3 Weeks


Summer Program

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America’s Reconstruction: The Untold Story is a three week summer institute for K-12 teachers from July 6-26, 2021. Through seminars led by top scholars, study trips to locations in the SC Lowcountry, and directed archival research, educators will learn more about one of the most neglected and misunderstood periods in US history, the post-Civil War era of Reconstruction, and how that history began in and was influenced by people and events in the Sea Islands. We will closely examine three broad themes over the course of the institute, including: (1) the Old South and wartime “prelude” to Reconstruction (2) the political, social, and economic facets of the Reconstruction era and its aftermath, and (3) American historical memory, the “Second Reconstruction” (modern Civil Rights Movement) and the place of Reconstruction memory in modern America. Each theme will offer unique insight into the most significant issues, events, personalities, and watershed moments of the postwar era.

Project Director(s)

Joseph Brent Morris

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

David Blight; Peter H. Wood, Daisy Martin; Heather Cox Richardson; Melissa Cooper; Patricia Sullivan; Michael Allen; Vernon Burton; Betsy Newman; Bernard Powers; Walter Edgar; Brent Morris; Minuette Floyd; Stephen Wise; Lemuel Watson; Emory Campbell; Lawrence Rowland

Grantee Institution

University of South Carolina Beaufort

Funded through the Division of Education Programs