National Report on the Teaching of Reconstruction

Teach Reconstruction Banner | Zinn Education ProjectThe Zinn Education Project is producing a national report on the teaching of the Reconstruction era, including a state-by-state assessment.

The report will examine state standards, course requirements, frameworks, and support for teachers in each state. It will also include stories about creative efforts by districts and/or individual teachers in each state to teach outside the textbook about Reconstruction.

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This report is being produced as part of our Teach Reconstruction campaign and will be released in 2021.

The lead researchers and writers of the report are Ana Rosado, a doctoral student at Northwestern University with a focus on Reconstruction history, and Gideon Cohn-Postar who received his doctorate from Northwestern with a research focus on the history of voter intimidation and electoral corruption in the late-19th century. The report will also include short summaries of Reconstruction history for each state, written by Duke University doctoral students Joshua Strayhorn, Kristina Williams, and Reina Henderson.

Related to the report is an open letter from scholars of U.S. history about the need for school districts to devote more time and resources to the Reconstruction era, signed by more than 180 scholars to date, including Eric Foner, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Isabel Wilkerson, Ashley Farmer, Bryan Stevenson, Robin Kelley, Kidada E. Williams, Steven Hahn, Ibram X. Kendi, and Kate Masur.

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