Reconstruction: America After the Civil War DVD

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Reconstruction: America After the Civil War Renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents a vital, new four-hour documentary series - Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. This series explores the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of both profound destruction and revolutionary social change. Initially, African Americans enjoyed ... More
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Reconstruction: America After the Civil War Renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents a vital, new four-hour documentary series - Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. This series explores the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of both profound destruction and revolutionary social change.

Initially, African Americans enjoyed what W. E. B. Du Bois called a ""brief moment in the sun"", when they could build businesses, become educated, exercise their right to vote, and run for public office. The Constitution was even amended to grant them citizenship, and protect their freedoms. But many former Confederates were staunchly resistant to this new social order, and they unleashed a backlash in the form of rampant violence and a state-by-state rollback of voting rights.

This series tells the real story of Reconstruction, one of America's most overlooked, misunderstood, and misrepresented periods of history. It honors the struggle of the African Americans who fought their way out of slavery and challenged the nation to live up to the founding ideals of democracy, freedom, and equality.

Producer: Julia Marchesi, Rob Rapley, Cyndee Readdean, Stacey Holman
Executive Producer: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Dyllan McGee
Production Company: McGee Media; Inkwell Films, Inc
Production Year: 2019
Copyright Year: 2019
Director: Rob Rapley, Cyndee Readdean, Stacey Holman, Julia Marchesi
Host: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Writers: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Discs: 2
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Language track: English
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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Gary
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5.0 star rating
07/25/22
A Snapshot Of America After 1865
Review by Gary on 07/25/22 review stating A Snapshot Of America After 1865
DVD arrived promptly and in great(like NEW)...a must-watch for anyone who wants a snapshot of the vibe in America just after a gut-wrenching battle to unite the nation
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Robert E.
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4.0 star rating
07/12/22
Products are great, delivery is
Review by Robert E. on 07/12/22 review stating Products are great, delivery is
Products are great, delivery is too slow.
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ROBERT
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5.0 star rating
06/19/22
dvd order
Review by ROBERT on 06/19/22 review stating dvd order
good dvd showing out country the time after civil war
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Michael
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5.0 star rating
06/17/22
Superb content and review
Review by Michael on 06/17/22 review stating Superb content and review
Superb content and review
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Lauren
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5.0 star rating
05/30/22
Great
Review by Lauren on 05/30/22 review stating Great
Great
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Annette
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5.0 star rating
05/22/22
Excellent DVD
Review by Annette on 05/22/22 review stating Excellent DVD
I'm never disappointment with products I've purchased from PBS. Quality material is shown on this station. We need more programs like this on television. Keep up the FANTASTIC work!
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EDWARD
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5.0 star rating
04/20/22
The film was well done!
Review by EDWARD on 04/20/22 review stating The film was well done!
The film was well done! It shows when prejudice is really behind all their decisions, KKK, many people were really, two faced. The other message the movies demonstrates was a real vacuum of integration leadership. I believe if Lincoln had lived, things might have been different.
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Ann
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5.0 star rating
10/13/21
Well done !
Review by Ann on 10/13/21 review stating Well done !
Informative and interesting !
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ROBERT
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4.0 star rating
10/04/21
Reconstruction: America after the Civil War
Review by ROBERT on 10/04/21 review stating Reconstruction: America after the Civil War
Painfully edifying.
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Carol P.
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10/04/21
Reconstruction still pending.
Review by Carol P. on 10/04/21 review stating Reconstruction still pending.
Dr Gates provides us a well-documented and interestingly-presented history that was omitted from my school studies. For 50 to 60 years after the Civil War we looked the other way while fellow Americans worked hard and struggled for their futures, and then we re attacked and destroyed if they were too successful. This is the real story of systemic racism in this country, the one we deny because everybody was supposed to be free. These are the chapters we were too ashamed to acknowledge but must sort out now if we are to maintain (finally establish?) American equality.
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Sugar H.
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5.0 star rating
10/04/21
Thank you, Dr. Gates. A Most DEFINING era in U.S. History
Review by Sugar H. on 10/04/21 review stating Thank you, Dr. Gates. A Most DEFINING era in U.S. History
Will show at After-Church gatherings; arrange for showing at neighborhood public library--with discussions afterward; buy and give as gifts to relatives.; invite family friends to my home to view it.
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Estella
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5.0 star rating
10/04/21
Needs to be shown in every history and social studies class
Review by Estella on 10/04/21 review stating Needs to be shown in every history and social studies class
I am sending this to a social studies teacher who has the confederate flag displayed in his classroom in hopes it will broaden his perspective and what he teaches his students and lastly take that flag down,
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Rudolph
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5.0 star rating
10/04/21
A must buy
Review by Rudolph on 10/04/21 review stating A must buy
The details of this book will make you think about education and criminal penalties in todays world...it started with the Confederates and continues with there descendants
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Jenna
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5.0 star rating
10/04/21
Informative
Review by Jenna on 10/04/21 review stating Informative
I am considering using this in the classroom. I like that its current and has so much information that people may not be aware of in history.
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Denise
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5.0 star rating
07/26/21
See above.
Review by Denise on 07/26/21 review stating See above.
See above.
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Christian
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5.0 star rating
07/14/21
Very Educational
Review by Christian on 07/14/21 review stating Very Educational
This documentary brought me back to the classroom.Learned a lot.Would highly recommend!The commentary is superb.
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Alanna
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5.0 star rating
06/16/21
An unknown and really important history
Review by Alanna on 06/16/21 review stating An unknown and really important history
In the Ken Burns style, full of pictorial artifacts, quotes, and period music, it awakened me to the experience of the Civil War and its aftermath from the Black American point of view, something sorely missing from our history books. I learned of the initial election of Southern Blacks to state and national office, of their articulate arguments for the ideals of freedom, and hopes for the future. I also learned about the tenacity and severity of the Southern Whites on-going recalcitrant and brutish backlash. Moreover, I came to appreciate Grant as a President whose policies were meant to enforce a fair reconstruction for those who had fought for their own freedom and played such an important part in the success of the Northern forces. Stunningly informative about the Reconstruction era and its ties to our own on-going political tensions.
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Bellou
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5.0 star rating
06/16/21
Must see!!!
Review by Bellou on 06/16/21 review stating Must see!!!
This should be required viewing in all high schools. Such a sad history we have, that still lives on.
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MARK
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5.0 star rating
04/18/21
Enjoyed it very much
Review by MARK on 04/18/21 review stating Enjoyed it very much
Enjoyed it very much
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Sam
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5.0 star rating
02/27/21
eye-opening, mind-awakening
Review by Sam on 02/27/21 review stating eye-opening, mind-awakening
I have learned more from this program than all the history classes and books I have ever read. It makes me ashamed to be part of the human race. I wish more people could see it, so I decided to buy the DVD to share with friends.


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