Reconstruction: Post-Civil War Successes and Failures


Provider: David Graham, Executive Director – Campus Martius and Ohio River Museums

Reconstruction is one of the most important eras in American history and is defined both for its noteworthy achievements as well as its profound disappointments. In this session, we will examine the successes and failures of the immediate post-Civil War era. We will also discuss the legacy of Reconstruction and how the history of this era in American history informs the present.

David Graham is the Executive Director of the Campus Martius and Ohio River Museums in Marietta, Ohio. He received a PhD in history from Purdue University in 2015. Prior to that, he completed a Master’s in history from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor’s degree in history from Marietta College. Before assuming the role of executive director at the museums in Marietta, Dr. Graham served a tenured professor of history and chair of the Social Science Department at Snow College in Utah. He authored a book, Loyalty on the Line: Civil War Maryland in American Memory, published with the University of Georgia Press in December 2018. He has presented his research at both national and international conferences and his writings have appeared in various scholarly journals and publications.

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