This presentation, offered by the New-York Historical Society's curators Lily Wong or Dominique Jean-Louis, explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War. When slavery ended in 1865, a period of Reconstruction began, leading to such achievements as the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution. By 1868, all persons born in the United States were citizens and equal under the law. But efforts to create an interracial democracy were contested from the start. A harsh backlash ensued, ushering in a half century of the “separate but equal” age of Jim Crow.
More information about the exhibit can be found here: Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
Registration is required for this event, which will take place on Zoom. On the morning of the program, registrants will receive a Zoom link to access the program.
This program is presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.