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A free preview of Reconstruction, a Slate Academy series made exclusively for Slate Plus members. Learn more at Slate.com/Reconstruction

    Reconstruction | E5 | Experiments in Self-Defense

    Reconstruction | E5 | Experiments in Self-Defense

    This is a free excerpt of Episode 5. To hear more, join Slate Plus --> slate.com/reconstruction
    The collapse of the antebellum Southern legal order left freedpeople exposed to violence from whites desperately trying to re-establish racial hierarchies. Some black people tried to defend themselves, acquiring weapons and forming militias. How common—and how effective—was that strategy?
    In Episode 5 of Reconstruction: A Slate Academy, Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie are joined by Kidada Williams, author of They Left Great Marks on Me: African American Testimonies of Racial Violence from Emancipation to World War I.

    • 23 min
    Reconstruction | e4 | Experiments in State Politics

    Reconstruction | e4 | Experiments in State Politics

    This is free excerpt of Episode 4. To hear the entire series, join Slate Plus --> slate.com/reconstruction
    Formerly enslaved black Americans held a majority of the seats in South Carolina’s state Legislature in 1868, and no other state elected as many black Americans during the Reconstruction era. How successfully did these politicians wield their newfound power? And compared to other eras, was political corruption really as endemic as white Americans claimed? 
    In Episode 4 of Reconstruction: A Slate Academy, Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie are joined by Kate Masur, the author of An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle Over Equality in Washington, D.C., to explore the new political order that surfaced briefly in South Carolina and other Southern states after the Civil War. 

    • 23 min
    Reconstruction | E1 | Experiments in Land Owning

    Reconstruction | E1 | Experiments in Land Owning

    This is a free preview of Reconstruction, a Slate Academy. Learn more at Slate.com/Reconstruction.
    Episode 1: Experiments in Land-owning: Davis Bend and Cameron Place
    Some freedpeople ended up owning parcels of the land they had worked when enslaved. Some formed intentional communities to farm it. By the end of Reconstruction, most of them had no land to their names.
    Amy Murrell Taylor is the author of The Divided Family in Civil War America.

    • 1 hr 9 min

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4.6 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Writer single mom ,

Thank you Jamelle & Rebecca

I was very reluctant to subscribe to Slate+ but did it for the History of Slavery podcast - which was excellent. The Reconstruction podcast is just as impressive so far. Rebecca and Jamelle choose a particularly lively representative anecdote or two and dig in from there, interviewing scholars (real ones) and reporting on scholarly books. The result is entertaining without being dumbed down. I appreciate these hosts - thank you so much for your work. Jamelle has also been writing about DuBois’ Black Reconstruction and you can find that writing online - I agree with him that it’s one of the most important books written about America - that book (alongside CLR James’ Black Jacobins) has helped me understand the contemporary world more than any other. Keep up the good work, Rebecca and Jamelle!

SJGust ,

Learning so much!

I love this podcast! It is so interesting and informative. I can’t wait for the next episode.

djm8 ,

I wait for it every week

I’m learning so much about a subject that was barely taught in school.

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