Make Good the Promises

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Make Good the Promises: Reclaiming Reconstruction and Its Legacies explores five distinct yet intertwined legacies of Reconstruction—Liberation, Violence, Repair, Place and Belief—to reveal their lasting impact on modern society. It is the story of Frederick Douglass, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Hiram Revels, Ida B. Wells, and scores of other Black men and women who reshaped a nation—and of the persistence of white supremacy and the perpetuation of the injustices of slavery continued by other means and codified in state and federal laws. With contributions by leading scholars and illustrated with images from its companion exhibition, Make Good the Promises shows how Black Lives Matter, #SayHerName, antiracism, and other current movements for repair find inspiration from the lessons of Reconstruction.

Museum Story

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the nation's largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting, and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. Established by an Act of Congress in 2003, it is the culmination of decades of efforts to establish a national museum that promotes and highlights the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected close to 37,000 objects.


  • 224 pages
  • Hardcover
  • 40-60 illustrations
  • 9.4" x 7.8"
  • Edited by Kinshasha Holman Conwill and Paul Gardullo

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February 19, 2022

Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 Make good the promise

I am still enjoying the book. So much history of my people that I should have already known about while attending elementary, junior high and high school. I have no words for how sad it makes me feel that my history was hidden from me. I am 72 yrs of age, an artist. My art work now reflect some of my readings. Thank you for your research, thank you for the book.


Cynthia P

January 18, 2022

Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 Make Good the Promises

This is such a great reference book and would be very beneficial as part of the schools' curriculum! The ability to view the dates outlining a brief explanation prompts discussion for many classes. This book is not only for history classes, but it contains the civics lessons that are so needed, and should have never been removed for the curriculum!


William J

November 23, 2021

Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 Make Good the Promise

The book was very informative. It's important to know and honor African American accomplishments and celebrate our ancestors!

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