Program 12: Reconstruction
Donald L. Miller and Waldo E. Martin, Jr
Miller: The Civil War dragged to its awful and bloody end. The Union
is preserved. The government of the people, by the people, and for the people -- a government that protects its people's freedoms.
Martin: After the war what did black people do? They move around,
they don't want to serve the master. The other thing they try to do is
reconstitute the families.
Miller: The abandonment by the federal government...When does that
Martin: Traditionally, people mark 1877 as the end. The government,
the federal government, is no longer involved trying to assist the transition
Miller: As a nation rebuilds after the Civil War, what is lost? Today
on A Biography of America, Reconstruction.