Reconstruction Complications: Illustrations by Thomas Nast in Harper’s Weekly | BRIdge from the Past
What issues confronted the United States as it attempted to rebuild? In this episode of BRIdge from the Past, Mary examines illustrations by Thomas Nast published in Harper’s Weekly depicting the complications the United States faced during Reconstruction. What conflicts between President Johnson and Congress caused these complications? What message is Thomas Nast trying to convey about these Reconstruction complexities in his illustrations?
BRIdge from the Past: Art Across U.S. History Video Playlist
BRIdge from the Past: Art Across U.S. History is a new YouTube series for students that explores an important historic image every episode to gain insights into the culture, politics, and society of a particular time in U.S. history. Host Mary Patterson will explain how each primary source is its own “window to the past,” revealing new areas for contemplation and discussion.
Reconstruction Viewing Guide
Viewing guide to use with the Reconstruction Homework Help video.
Reconstruction Viewing Guide Answer Key
Answer key for Reconstruction viewing guide.
Cartoon Analysis: Thomas Nast on Reconstruction, 1869–1874
Use this primary source imagery to analyze major events in history.
LeeAnna Keith: Exploring Reconstruction | BRI Scholar Talks
Join BRI Senior Teaching Fellow Tony Williams as he sits down with historian LeeAnna Keith, contributor to BRI’s new Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness textbook on the immense obstacles that African Americans continued to encounter during the Reconstruction era and into the twentieth century. Keith explains how African Americans suffered tragic racial violence and white supremacy during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, despite constitutional protections in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. She also touches on an array of other important postwar developments, such as the segregation of African Americans under Jim Crow laws and various restrictions on black civil rights. Finally, Keith finds encouragement in the influential ideas of W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington for justice and equality and the civil rights movement of the twentieth century.