The Legacies of Reconstruction

The final lesson in the seven-resource Reconstruction Era collection examines the legacies of Reconstruction. Class members investigate why the period has been called an "unfinished revolution," "a splendid failure," and "the second American Revolution."

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Instructional Ideas
  • The resource may be used in the classroom or as a remote learning activity
  • Pause the 13-minute video frequently to permit viewers to read the commentary on the screen, check for understanding, and ask questions
Classroom Considerations
  • A video of Bryan Stevenson's "We Need to Talk About an Injustice" TED Talk is available on the internet
Pros
  • Asks pupils to make connections between the Reconstruction era and the contemporary United States
  • Challenges individuals to consider what responsibilities they have for helping to create a better society
Cons
  • None