- Thursday | June 4, 2020
- 11:30 am
Thursday, June 4 11:30 a.m.
KRUGER RECONSTRUCTION SERIES
PART I: THE FACTS
EVONNE AND ISAAK KRUGER
Original First Presentation: Reconstruction under President Grant
This presentation was to examine Reconstruction under President Grant, based upon the book Grant by Ron Chernow. Grant’s wife’s family owned slaves, but he reached the point of abolitionist sympathies before the Civil War, and helped to liberate, feed, house, employ and arm 4 million slaves during the Civil War. While still head of the army during Johnson’s administration he fought to protect former slaves in the South when they become American citizens. During his own presidential administration, he worked tirelessly for Reconstruction, even as his own party backed away. His record on racial equality has been called the most auspicious of any president from Lincoln to Lyndon B. Johnson. He particularly worked to crush the Ku Klux Klan.
Proposed Expanded First Presentation
Using the Grant Presidency, as discussed in the book Grant by Ron Chernow as the core, we will incorporate the additional information and tone provided by Eric Foner of Columbia U. (Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877) and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. of Harvard (Stony The Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow. The premise of the presentation is that in order to understand where America stands on race relations today, we need to begin with Reconstruction.
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