Watch the Webinar: The Importance of Reconstruction in Today’s Classrooms and Libraries

Thank you to all who joined us for our most recent webinar, “The Importance of Reconstruction in Today’s Classrooms and Libraries,” with New Visions Award Honor Michelle Coles (Black Was the Ink) and New Voices Award-winning author Rita Lorraine Hubbard (Hammering for Freedom).

If you missed it live (or just want to watch it again), you can access the webinar below, or here on YouTube. Keep reading for links to resources and booklists shared during the webinar and feel free to reach out for more information and/or a Professional Development certificate.

Reconstruction was the brief period in American history from 1865–1877 when efforts were made to confer citizenship rights on the 4.4 million African Americans emancipated from slavery as well as approximately 500,000 African Americans who were already freed from slavery. In this webinar, panelists discuss how to support educators’ approach in teaching this complex, under-taught historical period, with a special focus on accuracy, cultural responsiveness, and connections to today.

Purchase the books from the webinar here:

Black Was the Ink
Hammering for Freedom

Lee & Low’s Reconstruction Booklist & Book Collection:

Teaching About Reconstruction Book List
Teaching About Reconstruction Collection

Additional recommended resources:

Zinn Education Project: Teach Reconstruction Campaign
National Report on the Teaching of Reconstruction
NMAAHC Exhibition: Make Good Promises: Reconstruction and Its Legacies

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