Episode 6: Eric Foner

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Law in the Reconstruction era with Eric Foner, Dewitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. Dr. Foner is the author of seminal work "Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution" (Harper and Row, 1988). He has dedicated much of the last year to public outreach about Reconstruction to mark its 150th anniversary.


:20  The state of American law after the Civil War

2:22 The Reconstruction Amendments

4:56 How former Confederate soldiers were treated under the law

6:44 The Black Codes

9:17 Freedman Bureau Courts

13:00 Manifestations of martial law

14:40 How Southerners viewed legal change

16:30 New spaces for marginalized people

18:47 Popular print’s impact on law

19:47 The Slaughter-House Cases

24:27 Vigilantism

26:15 The Ku Klux Klan Hearings

27:30 Women and the law   

29:56 Long-ranging ramifications