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The Black Congressmen of Reconstruction: Death of Representation

The Black Congressmen of Reconstruction: Death of Representation

Update: 2019-11-2242


During the 1870s, more than a dozen African American men, many of whom had been born into slavery, were elected to the U.S. Congress. These political pioneers symbolized the sky high hopes of millions of former slaves during the years right after the Civil War. It was a period that ended all too quickly. But it happened. Mo talks to Professor Henry Louis Gates, Reconstruction historian Eric Foner, and a descendant of one of the legendary lawmakers.

Comments (10)

Yvonne Alley

Amazing look at what could have been a turning point in US history, but for racist Southerners. well worth a listen. Indeed a movie needs to be made!

Jul 1st

Jerolyn Barbee

Mo-thanks for doing this! I work for the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce Ohio so I am a history geek. Great connection to the unknown stories we like to tell. Here's someone you should check out...Col. Charles Young. He was the highest ranking African American soldier between WWI and WWII. His story would be a great subject for your podcast.

Feb 27th

Adam Stryker

Sitter Another great episode of Mobitiaries. In fact, it's getting better and better. Thank you for all for your hard work. Bittersweetly, as you visit my old haunts it reminds me of how much I miss the New York area and the well-informed, intelligent thinkers and writers that live there.

Dec 27th

Janet Chandler

Great job Mo. I am a big fan of you and your podcasts. This particular episode was very interesting to listen to and your best yet. Being a history nerd my opinion may be prejudicial but that is ok. If I may you recommended Henry Louis Gates Jr's latest book to read to learn more about Reconstruction. I would also recommend to everybody watch his PBS documentary "Reconstruction: America After The Civil War". It is the companion to his book and does an outstanding job of presenting an important but extremely little known part of United States history. When I was in school in history class back in the 60's we learned about the Civil War but when it came to Reconstruction it seemed the teacher quickly skimmed over it at best. Basically all I knew was during that time the southern states were brought back into the country and there was mention about the Carpetbaggers who came down south from the north to make money off of the situation there. It didn't go much beyond that in history class. There was certainly nothing mentioned about those African-Americans who not only ran for but got elected to public office and their contributions to the country. Between Gates' documentary and this podcast I have learned a lot more about that period in time in history to have a better understanding about the United States back then and how it effects the United States today.

Dec 4th
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Arnold Kamis

thank you Mo, great episode

Nov 25th
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Myo Myint Naing

I am very intresting

Nov 25th

Nancy Moyes Snow

very interesting. I learned things we should have learned in school.

Nov 24th

Kim A. R.

Love the information!!! Love the show!!!

Nov 22nd








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The Black Congressmen of Reconstruction: Death of Representation

The Black Congressmen of Reconstruction: Death of Representation