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#Docuhistory: PBS’s Reconstruction


May 14 2020


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Watch Party & Twitter Conversation

Reconstrcution Hour Three

PBS's Reconstruction

#Docuhistory with Rhae Lynn Barnes and Annie Evans

Join us Thursday, May 14, 2020, for a screening and Twitter discussion of the final hour of the PBS documentary, Reconstruction: After the Civil War (2019). The turn of the century is known as the "nadir" of race relations, when white supremacy was ascendant and African Americans faced both physical and psychological oppression. Racist imagery saturated popular culture and Southern propaganda manipulated the story of the Civil War and Reconstruction. But African Americans found ways to fight back, using artistic expression to put forward a “New Negro” ... Keep Reading

At 5 pm EDT, we'll all stream Part 2, Hour 2, of the series online. While streaming, we invite you to browse and join the discussion on Twitter by searching the #docuhistory hashtag or by checking in with discussion moderators Rhae Lynn Barnes (@DigitalHistory_) and Annie Evans @MapM8ker).

The #docuhistory series aims to create an informal space where teachers, students, and historians can join together to watch a documentary and discuss teaching and learning about the film's subject matter. The series is organized by Joe Schmidt, New York City Department of Education, @HSGlobalHistory, in collaboration with the Forum for Scholars and Publics.


Resource List

Reconstruction Part 2, Hour 2

Part 2, Hour 2, of Reconstruction: America After the Civil War (2019) | Watch online

Yes, politicians wore blackface. It used to be all-American ‘fun.’

By Rhae Lynn Barnes | Washington Post

Minstrel shows were once so mainstream that even presidents watched them.

Read the Article

The Faces of Racism: A History of Blackface and Minstrelsy in American Culture

BackStory Radio Interview with Rhae Lynn Barnes

Host Nathan Connolly talks with historian Rhae Lynn Barnes about Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s 1984 yearbook page and its link to a long and disturbing history of blackface minstrelsy.

Listen to the Interview

Juneteenth: The Joy of Freedom

By Christina Regelski

This June, Americans across the country will commemorate their past with barbeques, baseball games, parades, and speeches. Wait, June?

Read the Article

Blackface America from Jumpin’ Jim Crow to Govs. Northam & Ivey

By Rhae Lynn Barnes

Multimedia teaching materials via US History Scene.

Read the Article

NYC DOE Passport to Social Studies: Teaching Reconstruction

By Rhae Lynn Barnes

Multimedia teaching materials via US History Scene.

Read the Article

The Show Must Go On: Tera Hunter’s Primary Source Lesson Plan for Atlanta Washer Women Strike (1881)

By Tera Hunter

Images of African-American domestic workers in history and popular culture often conjure up acquiescent and docile employees content with their occupational status.

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The Show Must Go On: Karen L. Cox on Protesting Black Stereotypes at the Movies: The Case of “Gone with the Wind”

By Karen L. Cox

Multimedia teaching materials via US History Scene.

Read the Article

The Show Must Go On: Prof. Kevin Boyle on the Lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith – August 7, 1930 in Marion, Indiana

By Kevin Boyle

In compliance with the "Hard Histories" series with the New York Department of Education, we asked OAH Distinguished Lecturer Kevin Boyle to discuss the traumatic and harrowing history of lynching in Jim Crow America. [GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING]

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(Still) Worrying About the Civil War

By Edward Ayers

Why I decided to devote my professional life to something I wasn't very interested in.

Read the Article

American Panorama: Election 1900

Electing the House of Representatives: 1840 to 2018

The most democratic body in the federal government, hundreds of representatives for the House are elected every other year. This site maps elections from before the Civil War until today showing changing patterns across regions and between urban and rural areas.

View the Map

Teach Reconstruction Campaign

Zinn Education Project

The project offers lessons for middle and high school, a student campaign to make Reconstruction history visible in their communities, and an annotated list of recommended teaching guides, student-friendly books, primary document collections, and films.

View the Project

Reconstruction: The Vote
Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

Frederick Douglass
The Most Photographed American of the 19th Century

Robert Smalls
A Slave Who Sailed Himself to Freedom

The Fisk Jubilee Singers
Perform the Spirituals and Save Their University


Rhae Lynn Barnes

Princeton University

Rhae Lynn Barnes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Princeton University and the leading expert on the history of amateur blackface minstrelsy. She was Executive Advisor with Henry Louis Gates Jr. to the four-part PBS documentary series, "Reconstruction: America After the Civil War" and co-founder of…...

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Annie Evans

University of Richmond

Annie Evans is the Director of Education and Outreach for New American History at the University of Richmond. Annie is a National Geographic Society Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, a NatGeo Certified Educator and Trainer, and Co-Coordinator of the Virginia Geographic Alliance. With over 30 years of classroom and educational leadership experience,…...

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