Reconstruction: The Unfinished War Exhibit Opening Reception
Harrisburg, PA 17103
"Murders and Outrages: Violence and its Impact in Reconstruction"
Within the records of the Freedmen’s Bureau lies a collection of material with the shocking title or “Murders and Outrages.” These reports from officers of the bureau include more than 4,500 instances of atrocities—murders, assaults, knifings, sexual assaults, economic coercion, and assassinations of government agents—committed by southern whites against Republicans and black people in the post Civil War South. Yet until now scholars have not understood the reason these reports were filed or the impact that they had on northern policy against the former Confederates. This compilation of violence proved instrumental in mobilizing Republicans to visit a hard peace upon the South that included replacing all governments in the South with military rule
At the conclusion of the presentation, a tour of the new exhibit "Reconstruction: The Unfinished War" with Museum Curator Brett E. Kelley.