As America prepares to mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War in April, historian, Columbia professor, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eric Foner discusses Reconstruction, the civil rights movement, and his new book,¬†Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, in an interview with Democracy Now!. At the end of the interview, Foner talks about his background, stating that his father and uncle were professors who were blacklisted from teaching in New York in the 1940s and ’50s due to their activism. His father, Jack Foner, was hired in the 1960s at Colby, where he taught history and established the first black studies program in New England.