Reconstruction in Newspapers

Reconstruction is often defined as the period of American history between the end of the Civil War (in 1865) and 1877. It was a controversial time when the federal government controlled the states of the former Confederacy. Certain new rights were granted to African Americans on a national level, but restrictive state laws codified discriminatory practices.

Explore the topics below to learn more about this period through newspaper articles and clippings.

Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington

Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915) was an American educator, author, and speaker. One of the most influential Black leaders of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Washington was also a pivotal figure at the Tuskegee Institute. Childhood & Education Booker was born in Virginia in 1856 to an enslaved …Read More

US Supreme Court justice John Marshall Harlan, sole dissenter in Plessy v. Ferguson decision

Plessy v. Ferguson

Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896), was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court issued in 1896. It upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities as long as the segregated facilities were equal in quality – a doctrine that came to be known as “separate but equal”. This legitimized the …Read More