Humpty Dumpty Reconstruction
You are living in 1876, a time of great crisis for America. Many Reconstruction Plans have been tried, but most seem to create as many problems as they solve. Our country has just experienced a major financial recession. We have just had a Presidential Election between Hayes and Tilden, but still do not have a President. (This may sound similar to a recent election) Tilden won the popular vote, but was one electoral vote short of winning the election. Disputed election results in three Southern states, Florida, South Carolina, and Louisiana, held the power of deciding America’s future. Congress held an election commission to resolve the problem, but there were an equal number of Democrats and Republicans on the Commission. There was a stalemate, and so no President is selected as we approach Inauguration Day, 1877. A Compromise is needed to restore the union and solve the Presidential Crisis. In the real Compromise of 1877, Reconstruction ends, as does the hope of liberty for the newly freed African Americans, and the dream of creating a more democratic America. You and your group have been selected and hired to write a compromise that does provide for civil liberties and makes America the home of the free. You have the power to make a difference and make America a better place for all who live here….today and in the future. Be persuasive. Be creative.
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