History of Reconstruction era reviewed in 2-day session

FILE - A two-day event will share new findings about America’s post-Civil War history. The event begins Thursday. (Wade Spees/Staff)

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Historic Columbia Foundation and the University of South Carolina are highlighting new scholastic findings about America’s post-Civil War history during a two-day symposium.

The event begins Thursday with an address at 6 p.m. by Pulitzer-prize winning scholar Eric Foner at Ladson Presbyterian Church.

Foner is best known for his book, “Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877,” dealing with the turbulent era that marked the transition from slavery to citizenship for America’s enslaved African-Americans.

The symposium continues Friday at the Columbia Museum of Art with a panel of scholars from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A luncheon and address by Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., follows, but organizers say it is sold out. However, the lectures are free and open to the public.