Reconstruction Part II: Real-Time Discussion of Henry Louis Gates's New Documentary

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Please Note: This thread is for people who watch Part II of Henry Louis Gates's new Documentary "Reconstruction." If you want to discuss why you are not watching the documentary, this is the wrong thread. I have set up a separate thread for discussion by people who want to express their comments for not watching the series. It can be found here:

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The program opens with the news that the gains of Reconstruction were not suddenly destroyed when Federal Troops were withdrawn from the South. Many state laws passed by Reconstruction legislatures remained on the books. Many black people were still economically independent.
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As blacks were progressively excluded from the general society, they created a "Black World." They realized that once the courts stoopped protecting their access to the broader society, they would always suffer discrimination and humiliation when they went int the white world.
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Black and White impoverished farmers begin to work together to challenge the elites who excluded both groups. The Populist movement was a moment of interracial commonality.

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The Mississippi plan sought to eliminate African Americans as a political force. Democratic elites feared that a poor white-black populist alliance could end their power.

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The laws passed in the 1890s did not exclude explicitly based on race. They introduced poll taxes and literacy tests that would disproportionately impact blacks.

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Lynching was practiced because of white anger at the idea that someone was forcing them to accept the idea of the equality of black people.

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