Helping to Move On? An Analysis of the Reconstruction Amendments

Reconstruction amendments: a helping hand or another form of slavery? An inquisitive activity compares the Reconstruction legislation that ended slavery, granted citizenship, and protected voting right for African American men. Scholars analyze the amendments, participate in group discussion, and complete graphic organizers to understand the impact of the legislation on the African American community. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils conduct further research on the impact of the Reconstruction amendments on African Americans 
  • Compare the Reconstruction amendments to other civil rights legislation 
Classroom Considerations
  • The topic of slavery is a sensitive subject 
Pros
  • The lesson includes extension activities if time allows
  • Resource includes modifications to ensure all leaners are successful 
Cons
  • None