Watch Henry Louis Gates Jr & Paula Kerger on Reconstruction: America After the Civil War [VIDEO]

Henry Louis Gates Jr & Paula Kerger keynote at SXSW EDU, Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. Photo by Alexa Gonzalez.

Henry Louis Gates Jr & Paula Kerger explore how one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented chapters in American history — the transformative years following the Civil War — still haunt the country in their SXSW EDU keynote, Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. Their conversation is moderated by Eric Deggans, TV Critic at National Public Radio.

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War
Explore how one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented chapters in American history — the transformative years following the Civil War — still haunt the country, more than 150 years later. In this candid conversation, PBS leaders will provide educators with the framework to discuss the historical, sociological and political factors that lead us to our current day, as well as the challenge we still face as a nation to live up to our founding ideals of democracy, freedom, and equality for all.

“The fundamental premise of education is that all things are teachable and all things are learnable.”
–Henry Louis Gates Jr

Henry Louis Gates Jr & Paula Kerger keynote at SXSW EDU, Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. Photo by Alexa Gonzalez.

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