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Program 12: Reconstruction

Donald L. Miller and Waldo E. Martin, Jr

Introduction

Miller: The Civil War dragged to its awful and bloody end. The Union is preserved. The government of the people, by the people, and for the people -- a government that protects its people's freedoms.

Martin: After the war what did black people do? They move around, they don't want to serve the master. The other thing they try to do is reconstitute the families.

Miller: The abandonment by the federal government...When does that start?

Martin: Traditionally, people mark 1877 as the end. The government, the federal government, is no longer involved trying to assist the transition to freedom.

Miller: As a nation rebuilds after the Civil War, what is lost? Today on A Biography of America, Reconstruction.



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