I was just browsing online and I found this video, Aftershock: Beyond the Civil War. It’s a trailer for the documentary filmed by the History Channel. It really made me think about how the violence of the reconstruction era is not really discussed in detail. I don’t remember a lot of time being spent on in at HU. It’s just kind of a given that the times were horrible for black people…lynchings, sharecropping, jim crow, southern chain gangs, KKK…etc. It was a very very violent era where black people’s civil rights and their right to live in peace was just as compromised as it was during slavery. Although slavery was legally over…the mindsets and practices of controlling Negroes were in FULL EFFECT!!!
I’m definately trying to Buy this video…it’s for sale on AMAZON.com. Plot Synopsis: Despite common belief, the Civil War does not end in 1865, and the blood of many Americans, mostly blacks, continues to flow freely. It is a period known as “Reconstruction,” a time many consider to be the darkest in American History. America is supposed to be reuniting, healing its wounds, and moving past civil discord. But by examining what is really going on in the post-Civil War South, one can see snapshots of a larger, more menacing picture, a picture shadowed by murder, terrorism, and chaos as “free” black men and women remain enslaved by a South that does not completely surrender. Insurgencies led by disgruntled ex-Confederate soldiers rip through nearly every southern state. America’s first terrorist group, the Ku Klux Klan is formed in Tennessee and uses scare tactics and murder to keep blacks down.