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Reconstruction: Ida B. Wells - Pioneer of Civil Rights

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When Ida B. Wells was kicked off the whites-only ladies railway car, it ignited a ferocious warrior for civil rights. Wells and others worked to preserve the hard-won freedoms of Reconstruction, which were tenuous at best during Reconstruction. Using a video clip with renowned historians and activities including an interactive timeline and discussion questions, class members consider the successes of and limitations on Reconstruction. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a timeline of the struggle for civil rights from Reconstruction to recent events
  • Offer the video to stimulate discussion on why Reconstruction ended and the failures of the era
Classroom Considerations
  • One in a four-part series on Reconstruction from PBS
  • Resource helps pupils trace the arc of civil rights from the 1870s to the 1960s
  • Video includes a diverse group of top-notch historians
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