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Reconstruction


  • The American Left Needs a Contemporary Thad Stevens

    by Van Gosse

    Protest, “resistance,” and speaking truth to power are no longer enough. Leftists need to think about how to wield power in our complex political system and Thad Stevens offers a valuable blueprint. 


  • Ilhan Omar is a Reconstruction Reformer

    by William Horne

    The failure to hold the race-baiting press, politicians, and vigilantes responsible during Reconstruction undermined any semblance of equality for more than 100 years. We can't make the same mistake. 



  • How Reconstruction Still Shapes American Racism

    by Henry Lewis Gates, Jr.

    Regardless of its brevity, Reconstruction remains one of the most pivotal eras in the history of race relations in American history —­ and probably the most misunderstood.



  • Grant’s First Tomb

    by Jamelle Bouie

    Ulysses S. Grant, inaugurated as president 150 years ago today, missed a chance to reconstruct the South economically as well as politically.