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History Series: African American Contributions to the Reconstruction
February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm| Main Library (Traverse City)
Typically we think of Reconstruction as the post Civil War era that saw the former Confederate States re-admitted into the National Union. This is an important event in Reconstruction but not the only one.
At the beginning of the Civil War there were about 4 million enslaved people in the southern United States. How did these people push for freedom prior to and during the war? After the war, when emancipation became a reality what was done to enable the newly freed people to gain true freedom? What were some of the agencies and who were the people who worked to make freedom a success and what groups worked against the idea? This program will address these questions and will explore some little known stories relevant to the Reconstruction Era.
Presenter H.G. Smith, PhD is a retired community college instructor who spent his final 18 years teaching at Northwestern Michigan College. He is an officer in Robert Finch Camp #14 of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. His Civil War programs have been given in various venues both here in Traverse City and in Phoenix, Arizona.