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USCHS: Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation

May 11, 2017 @ 8:00 am - May 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

April 20, 2017—Washington, DC—The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will present its annual symposium May 11 and 12 on Capitol Hill. Scholars from around the country will start to explore the post-Civil War period in “Congress Begins to Reconstruct the Nation.” The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration through uschs.org is recommended.

Eric Foner (Columbia University) will deliver the keynote address, “The Significance of Reconstruction in American History,” on Thursday, May 11 at 6:30 pm. The keynote will be held in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2044, and will be preceded by a reception at 6 pm.

On Friday, May 12, from 8:45 am to 4 pm, six additional speakers will cover topics including utopian imagery of Reconstruction; Frederick Douglass; Thaddeus Stevens; the 14th Amendment and Civil Rights Act of 1866; the process of depicting Reconstruction at the National Museum of African American History and Culture; and the way changing definitions of citizenship affected both those in the US and immigrants. Symposium Co-Directors Paul Finkelman (University of Pittsburgh School of Law) and Brook Thomas (University of California at Irvine) will both present. Other speakers include L. Diane Barnes (Youngstown State University), Spencer Crew (George Mason University), Lucy Salyer (University of New Hampshire), and Michael Vorenberg (Brown University). This day-long event will be held in the Russell Senate Office Building, Room 485.

For more information about the symposium or to pre-register, please visituschs.org.

The United States Capitol Historical Society (USCHS), founded in 1962, is chartered by Congress to educate the public on the history and heritage of the U.S. Capitol, its institutions, and the people who have served therein.


May 11, 2017 @ 8:00 am
May 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
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Rayburn House Building


United States Capitol Historical Society