Dr. Henry Louis Gates

A new four-hour documentary, produced and hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., explores the U.S.’s emergence from the civil war and slavery, and the era’s thwarted vision for an interracial democracy that haunts the country more than 150 years later.

“Most of us know that our country fought a civil war in the 1860s,” Gates said in the preview for the show. “But less is known about what came afterward – the chaotic, exhilarating and ultimately devastating period known as Reconstruction.”

The first episode airs on Tuesday, April 9 at 8 p.m. on PBS (the Nine Network in the St. Louis region). The second episode will immediately follow the first at 9 p.m. and the remaining two episodes will air next Tuesday (April 16) at 8 p.m.

“I want us to tell the truth about our history, but not to punish America,” said Bryan Stevenson, bestselling author and founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. “I want to liberate us, but we can’t get to liberation if we don’t acknowledge what we’ve done.”

“This is a chapter in our history that has been misrepresented and misunderstood, Gates said. “It’s time that we acknowledge the true story and complete the work of reconstructing America.”

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War" Premieres April 9 at 8 p.m. CST. For more information or local listings, visit http://www.ninenet.org/blogs/program-highlights/reconstruction-america-after-the-civil-war/

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