This week we will be finishing up on the topic of Reconstruction. With the end of Reconstruction came the establishment of white supremacist Southern local governments that began passing segregation and disenfranchisement laws. I’ve posted two article of the “Redeemer” period from the Atlantic Magazine. The first describes the attempts to undermine the legacy of the country’s first black President as an effort much like that to undermine the achievements of Reconstruction under black and white administration.
The second article is from the latest issue and provides analysis of how the Supreme Court at the turn of the last century was complicit in segregation and disenfranchisement during the period.
The article makes comparisons to today’s Supreme Court and gives a sense of what is a stake during the present nomination hearings.