History has relegated Saxton to a dim, supporting role in the saga of the Reconstruction Era...
Reluctant Radical: Rufus Saxton, The Real Champion of Reconstruction
Thursday, January 13, 2022 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Location: USCB Hilton Head Campus, Room 213
Instructor: Richard Thomas
History has relegated Saxton to a dim, supporting role in the saga of the Reconstruction Era, but, in reality, he was its chief architect in the early years of freedom for the formerly enslaved. Explore how Saxton’s determined resistance to President Andrew Johnson’s orders helped shape Emancipation for blacks on the sea islands, in stark contrast to the experience in the rest of the Deep South.