The Freedmen’s Bureau was established to help transition the 4 million former slaves from slavery to citizenship, providing food, housing, education, and medical care.
Spanning the years from 1863 to 1877, Reconstruction tracks the stories of ordinary Americans -- Southern and Northern, white and black -- as they struggle to shape new lives for themselves after the Civil War.
This interactive site from the NYPL's Schomburg Center in Harlem provides essays, images, audio, video and lesson resources on Black Political Participation in the past and present.
The New Georgia Encyclopedia's website on History & Archaeology Civil War & Reconstruction, 1861-1877 provides a revealing essay on Black Georgia Legislators during the period of Reconstruction.
The South Carolina Information Highway website contains several links of African American history and culture including Blacks in South Carolina during the period of Reconstruction.
On March 13th 1873, a brutal massacre occurred in Colfax, Louisiana that remains shockingly little-known considering the magnitude of the violence – it is one of the largest incidents of race-related mass murder in America’s non-combatant history.