Betsy Newman

RECONSTRUCTION 360 | What Reconstruction Meant to Freedwomen

By Betsy Newman

Freedwomen

Under slavery many African-American women had to work as field hands, or in the slave owners’ homes, doing domestic chores and raising the white children. Freedom meant that black women became mistresses of their own homes and could devote themselves to their families and communities.

RECONSTRUCTION 360 | White Landowners and the Transition to Free Labor

By Betsy Newman

White Landowner

After the war, the South, and the nation, faced the question of how to make the transition from slave to free labor. Most former slave owners insisted that they should get their land back and maintain control over their workers, even if they had to use force. Freedpeople were determined to be their own masters, never to be treated as slaves again.

RECONSTRUCTION 360 | The Role of the Freedmen’s Bureau

By Betsy Newman

Freedmen’s Bureau

The Freedmen’s Bureau had responsibility for every aspect of the lives of formerly enslaved people, and was in charge of land that came under federal control during and after the Civil War. In 1872, Congress shut the Freedmen’s Bureau down, but today Freedmen's Bureau records are a vital resource for anyone seeking information about African-American history in the post-Civil War and Reconstruction eras.

RECONSTRUCTION 360 | The Importance Of Land To Freedpeople

By Betsy Newman

White landowner on horse

After the war, the South, and the nation, faced the question of how to make the transition from slave to free labor. Most former slave owners insisted that they should get their land back and maintain control over their workers, even if they had to use force. Freedpeople were determined to be their own masters, never to be treated as slaves again.

RECONSTRUCTION 360 | Forty Acres and a Mule

By Betsy Newman

Kate Masur

Historian Kate Masur explains the origins of 40 Acres and a Mule, a famous phrase that many have heard but may not fully understand. It originated in the early days of Reconstruction, when General Sherman issued Field Order 15, giving thousands of freed people abandoned land along the coast of South Carolina and Georgia.

RECONSTRUCTION 360 | Descendants Face Loss of Historic Land to Development

By Betsy Newman

Freewood Farms

Reconstruction 360 is built on a 360 degree video platform that features a reenactment set on a farm in 1865. The reenactment was shot at Freewoods Farm, a living farm museum in the Freewoods community near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Today, the descendants of the founders of the Freewoods face loss of their historic land to development.

Reconstruction 360

By Betsy Newman

Reconstruction 360 splash page

Reconstruction 360 is SCETV’s new web and mobile application that brings contemporary scholarship about Reconstruction to a project designed for mobile devices. 

The INPUT Archives - A Unique Resource

By Betsy Newman

archive

INPUT keeps all screened programmes archived in the INPUT Archive. The Archive serves as an educational resource and gives a detailed insight into the history of international public television broadcasting.

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