Instructional Video

Reconstruction: The Black Codes

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During the era of Reconstruction, the planter class of the South tried to replicate the time before the Civil War by squashing rights given in the Thirteenth, Fourteenths and Fifteenth amendments. Using a video clip featuring renowned historians and analysis of the amendments, learners explore the early struggles of African Americans following emancipation. Additional links offer supporting materials and resources to supplement instruction. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use discussion questions with video to discuss how the black codes were similar to the slave codes
  • Analyze the Reconstruction amendments using discussion questions
Classroom Considerations
  • Resource is one in a four-part PBS series on Reconstruction
  • Video includes a diverse cast of historians
  • Discussion questions and links to primary sources allow for easy implementation
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