Historian Focuses on Lives of Black Americans During Reconstruction
Kidada Williams gives annual Gilder-Jordan Lecture
SEPTEMBER 7, 2023 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY
Many Americans learn in school that Reconstruction failed, but few can accurately identify who failed to do what and why. In the annual Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern Cultural History, historian and author Kidada E. Williams answers those questions in “The Devil Was Turned Loose: African Americans in the War Against Reconstruction.”
In the Sept. 19 lecture at the University of Mississippi, Williams plans to discuss what Black Southerners did with their freedom, the price white Southerners made them pay for their success and the ways Reconstruction was violently overthrown.
The 6 p.m. presentation in Nutt Auditorium is free and open to the public.
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