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Reconstruction and the Fragility of Democracy
  • Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

Historian Eric Foner, author of Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, discusses the Reconstruction era (1863–1877) during which large numbers of black men became voters and office-holders. Yet this time also saw a violent counter-revolution that wiped out the possibilities of interracial democracy for more than a half century.

Presented in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies.

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