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University of South Carolina, Columbia (Columbia, SC 29208-0001)
Christian K. Anderson (Project Director: February 2019 to present)
Kenneth Winchester Gaines (Co Project Director: August 2019 to June 2021)
Bobby J. Donaldson (Co Project Director: April 2021 to present)
Freedom’s Lawmakers: Black Leadership during Reconstruction

A three-week summer institute for 25 K-12 teachers on the impact and legacy of black elected officials during Reconstruction.

The U of SC Center for Innovation in Higher Education in partnership with the U of SC School of Law, the historic Penn Center and the South Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society proposes a three week summer institute in July of 2020 for 25 K-12 teachers to study and learn about a seminal moment in American political history when large numbers of Black Americans who, though but one generation removed from slavery, were selected by their peers and party affiliates to take on the responsibilities of governance on the local, state, and national levels. The goal of the institute is to bring these individuals into focus and examine their lives, who they were, what they wanted, what they did, and their role in the Reconstruction experiment. This institute will expand the teaching of Reconstruction into a wider use for teaching and research in the humanities.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; Political History

Institutes for K-12 Educators

Education Programs

$176,440 (approved)
$173,012 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 12/31/2021