President Obama Designates First National Monument Dedicated to Reconstruction

1/12/2017 - Associate Professor of History Gregory Downs in the New York Times.

President Barack Obama on Thursday designated three new national monuments devoted to civil rights history, including the first National Park Service site dedicated to Reconstruction, the still-contested period following the Civil War which featured the advance, and then the sometimes violent rollback, of citizenship rights for African-Americans.

Greg Downs, a historian at the University of California at Davis, who wrote the study with Kate Masur, a historian at Northwestern, called the creation of the monument “a long overdue moment, and one of the most significant expansions of the National Park Service since its founding.”

Read the full story in the New York Times.