Is a Public Memory of Reconstruction Possible?
The New York Times has a feature up today in which they ask a group of historians to reflect on how Reconstruction ought to be remembered. There are some interesting suggestions to consider from the importance of acknowledging “Juneteenth” to preserving historic sites on Hilton Head island to recognizing the importance of strong voting rights legislation.
What I find interesting is the way in which these individual reflections are introduced:
As Americans deal with some of the same racial issues that tore apart the nation then, how should we commemorate Reconstruction and what can be done to create a public memory of it?
What exactly does it mean to ‘create a public memory’ of Reconstruction 150 years later? More importantly, is it possible?