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A Look at Virginians During Reconstruction, 1865-1877
6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
The transition between rebellion to reunification was not smooth after the Civil War. Young historians compare primary and secondary source documents in a study of the Reconstruction era in Virginia, noting the rights that were not...
US History Overview 2 - Reconstruction to the Great Depression
14 mins 8th - 11th
Ambitiously spanning American history from 1865 to 1941, this video discusses and clarifies topics such as women's suffrage, the sinking of the Maine, and the development of America as a world empire. Maps and photographs will engage...
Create a Magic Lantern Show; Freed People in the Reconstruction South
8th - 11th
Engage your scholars by having them create "magic lantern shows" inspired by the film Dr. Toer's Amazing Magic Lantern Show: A Different View of Emancipation. As they study the South's Reconstruction through primary sources, learners...
The Battle Over Reconstruction: The Politics of Reconstruction
9th - 12th
High schoolers participate in a simulation as a Congress member to decide which policies to support in Reconstruction. In this Reconstruction era lesson, students read primary source documents to use as the basis for a mock debate. High...
Sing Out Loud: The Slave Spirituals Historical and Cultural Implications during Reconstruction
7th - 9th
Students identify, summarize and present facts about cultural, educational and political inequalities of Reconstruction, explain hidden codes of slave spirituals and their importance in slaves' communication, and create poetry based on...
The Brief American Pageant: The Ordeal of Reconstruction
9th - 12th
With a map on the military reconstruction in the post-Civil War South, and an interesting graphic comparing the size of Alaska to the continental United States, this presentation could be a good (albeit short) supplement to a class...
Fights, Freedom, and Fraud: Voting Rights in the Reconstruction Era
8th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
As part of a study of post Civil War era, young historians investigate the changes in voting rights during the Reconstruction Era (1863-1876), the fraud involved in the Hayes-Tilden presidential election of 1876, and efforts by Pap...
Reconstruction of Iraq: A Lesson of Historical Precedents
9th - 12th
High schoolers view a video clip about the reconstruction efforts in Iraq. They work together to compare and contrast the reconstruction plans after the Spanish-American War and World War II. They compare those results to the situation...