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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, a vital two-part, four-hour documentary series. The series explores the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction, and revolutionary social change.

The twelve years that composed the post-war Reconstruction era (1865-77) witnessed a seismic shift in the meaning and makeup of our democracy, with millions of former slaves and free black people seeking out their rightful place as equal citizens under the law. Though tragically short-lived, this bold democratic experiment was, in the words of W. E. B. Du Bois, a “brief moment in the sun” for African Americans.

On CPTV Spirit:

Part 1 – Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Part 2 – Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Part 1 – Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.
Part 2 – Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.


Part 1 – Friday, June 7, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Part 2 – Friday, June 14, 2019 at 8 p.m.

For more on Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, click here.


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