Access to this video is a benefit for WQED members.

Become a member

All Episodes

Reconstruction | Part 2, Hour 2

Racist imagery saturated popular culture and Southern propaganda manipulated the story.

Reconstruction | Part 2, Hour 1

Hour three of the series examines the years 1877-1896

Reconstruction | Part 1, Hour 2

Post-Civil War America was a new world.

Reconstruction | Part 1, Hour 1

The aftermath of the Civil War was bewildering, exhilarating . . . and terrifying.

About RECONSTRUCTION: AMERICA AFTER THE CIVIL WAR

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War 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.

Other shows you may enjoy

American Experience
History Detectives
Story of China
Queen Elizabeth's Secret Agents
American Masters
In Their Own Words