The Civil War ended when the Confederates surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, in April 1865, but even though the cannons stopped firing and the guns were laid down, the consequences of the war were not over—not by a long shot. The nation had to be rebuilt, and the period of Reconstruction brought on a new set of hardships.
This film takes a unique look at that post-Civil War period by examining the lives of unknown historical figures who lived during the time, like young Kate Stone, whose life on a plantation was quite difficult in the years after the war, and John Roy Lynch, a former slave who became a Mississippi legislator and faced various challenges, including creating a new state government and a public school system. Through their stories and those of other ordinary folk, this film examines the rough era of Reconstruction from 1863 to 1877.
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