Reconstruction| Extended Trailer

Here is the extended first look at Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. This new, four hour documentary series will tell the full story of this misrepresented and misunderstood chapter of American history.

AIRED: April 09, 2019 | 0:01:46

- Most of us know that our country

fought a civil war in the 1860s.

But less is known about what came afterward,

the chaotic, exhilarating, and ultimately devastating period

known as Reconstruction.

Did you ever study Reconstruction in school?

- No.

- A paragraph or two.

- We never really studied it.

- I didn't learn anything about Reconstruction.

(orchestral music)

- Reconstruction was our shining moment.

It's the second founding of our country.

- Overnight, people who had been defined

as property take leadership positions in the South.

This an incredibly heavy moment,

kinda like Barack Obama becoming president!

But those black folks had no idea

of the cliff they were heading towards.

(intense orchestral music)

- [Man] Reconstruction produced a violent backlash,

a racist backlash.

- I want us to tell the truth about our history,

not to punish America, I want to liberate us.

But we can't get to liberation

if we don't acknowledge what we've done.

- [Man] This is our town now!

(crowd grunts aggressively)

- Do you believe that we as a nation

are still undergoing the process of Reconstruction?

- You might almost say it never ended.

We are still trying to come to terms

with the consequences of the end

of slavery in this country.

- This is a chapter of our history

that's been misrepresented and misunderstood.

It's time that we acknowledge the true story

and complete the work of reconstructing America.

(dramatic music)