Freedom’s Lawmakers: Black Leadership during Reconstruction


Columbia, SC



July 5 - July 25, 2020 Length: 3 Weeks


Summer Program

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The U of SC Center for Innovation in Higher Education in partnership with the U of SC School of Law, the historic Penn Center and the South Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society will host a summer institute for 25 K-12 teachers to study and learn about a seminal moment in American political history when large numbers of Black Americans who, though but one generation removed from slavery, were selected by their peers and party affiliates to take on the responsibilities of governance on the local, state, and national levels. The goal of the institute is to bring these individuals into focus and examine their lives, who they were, what they wanted, what they did, and their role in the Reconstruction experiment. This institute will expand the teaching of Reconstruction into a wider use for teaching and research in the humanities.

Project Director(s)

Christian Anderson, Kenneth Gaines

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Joshua Brown, Thomas Brown, Emory Campbell, Katherine Chaddock, Eric Foner, Richard Gergal, Jon Hale, Daisy Martin, Kate Masur, Bernard Powers

Grantee Institution

University of South Carolina, Columbia