African Americans in the United States Congress During Reconstruction

This African Americans in the United States Congress During Reconstruction lesson plan also includes:

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The Civil Rights Act of 1866, which granted citizenship to all males in the U.S., resulted in the first African Americans to be elected to Congress. Class members research 11 of these men, the challenges they faced, and craft presentations about them to share with the class.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Expand the lesson to permit class members researching the same congressman time to meet and compare notes before moving on to the group presentations
  • Include the lesson in a study of the Reconstruction Era and/or during Black History Month
Classroom Considerations

  • Class members should have a basic understanding of the Reconstruction Era
  • The second in a six-lesson African American History unit
Pros

  • The 15-page resource includes a detailed plan as well as the biographies of 10 African Americans who served in the United states congress during Reconstruction
  • Includes information about the set-backs following the end of the Reconstruction Era
Cons

  • None