How did we get to today?
The Reconstruction era was a period in American history from 1865 to 1877 that followed the Civil War (1861-1865). The period marked a significant chapter in the history of civil rights in the United States.
During this period the U.S. had to reckon with the conditions and consequences resulting from the abolishment of slavery. Momentous amendments to the U.S. constitution were made, the needs of the freed people were identified, and new social structures were conceived.
However, white people were disturbed and agitated by the legal, social, and economic changes brought about by Reconstruction and asserted control over these systems during the Period of Redemption in the late 1800’s. The Redemption Period brought the implementation of white supremacist responses to the improvements made for freed people of color during Reconstruction.
At 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, Mary Thomas, a PebbleCreek resident, retired social worker and current lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, returns to teach about this important period. In prior years she presented classes about the Great Migration and the Great Migration 50 Years Later for LifeLong Learning classes.
DATE / TIME: Thursday, Feb. 17, 1 - 3 p.m.
LOCATION: LLL Center