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Reconstruction: America After the Civil War

Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this four-hour documentary exploring how the United States emerged from the Civil War and slavery. Featuring interviews with historians, authors and other experts, the film explores the transformative years following the Civil War through the rise of Jim Crow segregation.

Reconstruction | Part 2, Hour 2

Racist imagery saturated popular culture and Southern propaganda manipulated the story.
Reconstruction | Part 2, Hour 1

WETA PassportReconstruction | Part 2, Hour 1

Hour three of the series examines the years 1877-1896

Reconstruction | Part 1, Hour 2

WETA PassportReconstruction | Part 1, Hour 2

Post-Civil War America was a new world.

Reconstruction | Part 1, Hour 1

WETA PassportReconstruction | Part 1, Hour 1

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

Reconstruction| Episode 2 Preview

Reconstruction| Episode 2 Preview

A look at the rise of Jim Crow and the turn of the century.

Reconstruction | Hour 3 Preview

Reconstruction | Hour 3 Preview

Hour three of the series examines the years 1877-1896.

Reconstruction | Hour 4 Preview

Reconstruction | Hour 4 Preview

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