Reconstruction Debate and Primary Sources

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Did Reconstruction accomplish it’s goals? Were African Americans granted the rights given in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments? In this activity students will examine the Reconstruction time period through primary source images, quotes and text. Students will discuss the topic – Is everyone in the United States free?

This activity includes:

a lesson plan- This lesson plan can guide you through the lesson as well as give you tips for implementation

a PDF presentation and a PowerPoint presentation – images and primary source quotes lead your students through a structured discussion on the topics of the Reconstruction Amendments, sharecropping and the reversal of Reconstruction

a 10 page handout – summaries, primary source images, quotes and guiding discussion questions for your students

Topics include: Reconstruction Amendments, sharecropping, Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow Laws and Plessy v. Ferguson

Primary Sources include political cartoons, sharecropping contracts and quotations.

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