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Lincoln's Reconstruction Plan

Description: The Civil War was perhaps the most momentous event that the United States endured in its history. The key personality in that contest was President Abraham Lincoln, who had the arduous task of steering this nation through the war and also the more difficult challenge of determining a course for peace and Reconstruction. As war leader and peacemaker, he faced criticism from political opponents as well as from members of his own party. This lesson will allow students to explore Lincoln's words, speeches, and proclamations in order to understand his views on secession, amnesty, and Reconstruction as well as his hopes for the nation. Standard 8.11.1

Author: Gilder Lehrman

Lesson ID: 1386

Reconstruction Simulation

Description: 1865 marked the end of America?s most terrible war and a year in which decisions involving government and race still echo today. The simulation our class will play focuses on the early choices that began Reconstruction. In this totally fictitious convention held in Washington D.C. on New Year?s Eve 1865, you and your classmates will try to reach agreement on a set of issues that the United States faced at that time.

Author: Eric Rothschild, Harpweek

Lesson ID: 1433

Rights and Responsibilities in History: African Americans and Visions of Freedom

Description: Since the 1960s, historians have come to recognize the critical role African Americans played in both envisioning and creating a new nation after the Civil War. Black men were active members of the Republican Party. They voted in great numbers. They organized political campaigns. They held offices that ranged from the governorship of Louisiana to the mayor of Natchez, Mississippi. Black men wrote laws, sat on juries, judged cases. Black women too participated in the making of freedom. They fought for their rights as street vendors in Southern cities. They too attended political rallies and on occasion marched in political parades. Together, black men and women fought to institute systems of public education for their children, to provide medical care to the poor, to worship freely in churches of their choice. More recently, historians have begun to discover that although black men and women shared certain aspects of their visions of freedom, they just as often understood themselves to have different responsibilities and different rights under the new order. Learn about these differing perspectives and why they existed. Standards 8.11.1 and 8.11.2

Author: Susan O'Donovan

Lesson ID: 909

Segregated America

Description: After the Civil War, millions of formerly enslaved African Americans hoped to join the larger society as full and equal citizens. The promise of freedom held the hope of self-determination, educational opportunities, and full rights of citizenship. Between 1865 and 1875, Congress passed a series of civil rights acts, and the nation adopted three constitutional amendments intended to ensure freedom and full citizenship for all black Americans. The 13th Amendment (1865) abolished slavery. The 14th Amendment (1868) extended "equal protection of the laws" to all citizens. The 15th Amendment (1870) guaranteed that the right to vote could not be denied "on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." When Reconstruction ended in the 1870s, however, most white politicians abandoned the cause of protecting the rights of African Americans in the name of healing the wounds between the North and the South. In the former Confederacy and neighboring states. Evaluate primary source documents and photos to learn about segregation and its effects. Standards 8.11.3, 8.11.4, 8.11.5, and 11.5.2.

Author: Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Lesson ID: 936

Slavery: Point of View of Former Slaves

Description: Here is your chance to be an amateur historian as you read and analyze oral accounts of slavery form those who lived it. These oral histories were done in the 1930's as part of the Federal Writer's Project. Standards 8.7.2, 8.9.6 and 8.11.3

Author: Alabama State Archives

Lesson ID: 959

The Failure of Reconstruction A Document-Based Question

Description: After the Civil War the nation had about four million newly freed slaves. The victorious Union was faced with the extraordinary task of protecting the new freedmen's rights of citizenship. First, the former Confederacy was divided into five military districts. Then amendments were passed to protect freed people's natural rights. Southern states were not pleased, and made compromises were in order to rid themselves of these "military dictatorships." By 1870, all of the former Confederate states had ratified these amendments and were readmitted into the Union. Reconstruction ended in 1877 with the removal of Union troops from Confederate territory. After Southern state governments were restored, the citizenship rights of the freedmen declined. Soon these former slaves were once again in servitude; this time through a system of state-enforced segregation and discrimination. Analyze 10 documents to develop an essay about why Reconstruction was a failure. Standards 8.11.1, 8.11.3, and 8.11.4

Author: Kathleen Burrell

Lesson ID: 1424

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