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New theological study on the Reconstruction

By Staff | Jan 31, 2020

The Rev. Dr. John H. Danner, senior pastor of Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, will present a three-week course starting Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. at the church.

Titled “After 1865: Reconstruction, Jim Crow and Race in 2020,” it will explore the post-slavery eras in the history of the United States and their impact on race relations today.

The Civil War brought slavery to an end, and the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution empowered and protected people of color in new ways. In the decade following the close of the war, during the period of time known as Reconstruction, an attempt was made to give the newly-freed slaves a chance to begin participating in society on a more equal basis. But the work of Reconstruction was left unfinished, and during the years that followed, largely undone through and by a wide variety of local and regional laws and other actions collectively known as the Jim Crow Era.

“If we are to begin to deal with the issues of today,” Danner said, “we must better understand the past. And the history of race relations in this country is fraught with complications both then and now.”

Future classes will be held on Feb. 12 and 19 at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m.

The Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ is at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.