Can the South Make Room for Reconstruction?

9/17/2016 - Professor of History Gregory Downs in The Atlantic.

The National Park Service wants to tell a more complete story of the Civil War, but some cities are more receptive to that effort than others.

In April, the nonprofit Historic Columbia and the University of South Carolina History Center sponsored a symposium in Columbia, South Carolina: “The Reconstruction Era: History and Public Memory.” The event featured Michael Allen, the Park Service’s community-partnership specialist for Reconstruction (also the longtime education specialist at the Fort Sumter National Monument and the Charles PinckneyNational Historic Site); as well as two of the historians the National Park Service retained to recommend Reconstruction-era historic sites, Northwestern University’s Kate Masur and the University of California at Davis’s Gregory Downs.

Read the full story in The Atlantic.