From the day of its birth, the anomaly of slavery plagued a nation which asserted the equality of all men, and sought to derive powers of government from the consent of the governed. Within sound of the voices of those who said this lived more than half a million black slaves, forming nearly one-fifth of the population of a new nation.
— W.E.B. DuBois from "Black Reconstruction of America 1860-1880"

In the spring of 2015, Oak Hill Center for Education and Culture launched a study and series of programs investigating W.E.B. Du Bois’s, Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880 and the importance of this defining moment in U.S. history to the political landscape today. Du Bois dissects the official history of the Civil War and Reconstruction period in the United States and reevaluates efforts at the time to both support and complicate the reshaping of American society. He recognized that the events unfolding before him would change the course of American history and that a detailed account and critical perspective of these events would be integral to the ability of future generations to effectively work to undo the racial constructs that had plagued the nation from the outset.