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Gather as if @ Grand Film Discussion: Reconstruction-America After the Civil War

Join us for the third in our Film Discussion Series as we explore the PBS Documentary: Reconstruction: America After the Civil War Revisited.

Films within the Gather as if @ Grand 2020 program, Racism: Roots, Resolves, and Results, have been curated by Ms. Linda Carter Pete, who provides a study guide to all registrants in order to facilitate study, reflection, and conversation.

MOVIE #3: PBS Documentary: Reconstruction: America After the Civil War Revisited (parts 1 & 2)

ABOUT: Henry Louis Gates Jr. presents a vital new four-hour documentary series on Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. The series explores the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction, and revolutionary social change. The twelve years that composed the post-war Reconstruction era (1865-77) witnessed a seismic shift in the meaning and makeup of our democracy, with millions of former slaves and free black people seeking out their rightful place as equal citizens under the law. Though tragically short-lived, this bold democratic experiment was, in the words of W. E. B. Du Bois, a ‘brief moment in the sun’ for African Americans, when they could advance, and achieve, education, exercise their right to vote, and run for and win public office.

WHEN: January 19, 2021; 7–8:15 pm

WHERE: Virtual Film Discussion on Zoom (details will be sent to all registrants).

HOW: Ahead of the January 19 discussion event, plan on viewing the movie through your streaming service. The film is available on YouTube. All registrants will be sent a study guide to facilitate your own reflection on the film and spark discussion.

REGISTER: On Eventbrite

DOWNLOAD: Film Study Guide—America After the Civil War… Reconstruction Pt 1 & 2 revised



HOUR 1: The aftermath of the Civil War was bewildering, exhilarating…and terrifying. African Americans had played a crucial role in saving the Union and now, as the country grappled with the terms and implications of Reconstruction, they struggled to breathe life into their hard-won freedom. The result was a second American Revolution.

HOUR 2: Post-Civil War America was a new world. For African Americans living in the former Confederacy, Reconstruction was what historian W. E. B. Du Bois once described as their “brief moment in the sun.” But support for the social, economic, and political gains they achieved didn’t last long. A controversial presidential election in 1876 deals Reconstruction a grievous blow, as Southern states are “redeemed” and the forces of white supremacy are ascendant.


ABOUT THE STUDY GUIDE CREATOR: Born in Georgia and currently residing in the East Bay, Linda Carter Pete’s formative years had her residing in Thailand, Iran, Okinawa, Belgium, and Germany as a military dependent for sixteen years before returning to Alexandria, Virginia to finish high school. Linda went on to attend Dominican College of San Rafael where she earned her BA in History, a single subject Teaching Credential, and an MS in Education: Curriculum & Instruction. Linda continued her graduate education at Stanford University where she earned her MA in Education: Administration and Policy Analysis as well as her Administrative Credential.

Linda began her teaching career as a substitute in the Oakland Unified School District and then worked in the San Francisco Unified School District. She taught in middle and high schools for seven years before becoming an administrator. She has spent the last twenty-one years supporting school communities in San Francisco and now works with Mt. Diablo Unified School District in Concord, California. Linda has also taught “Voice, Equity, Diversity and Social Justice” in the Teaching Credential Program at Chapman University at their Concord and Fairfield campuses, and Children’s Church for children (ages 5-11).

More about 2020 Gather as if @ Grand—Racism: Roots, Resolves, and Results here.


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January 19, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm