The Political Struggle, 1865-1866

Healing versus justice. The central source of tension following the United States Civil War was between the demands for healing and the demands for justice, the battle between President Andrew Johnson and Congress. A video introduces the conflicts and class members examine primary source documents to research the struggles in greater depth.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Enlarge and post the images of Thomas Nast's engraving or project the images for class members to analyze
  • Model or invite a member of the art department to model the Analyzing Images strategy
Classroom Considerations
  • The third lesson in the Reconstruction Era unit
  • The lessons are designed to be taught in order
  • The video comes with a warning that some of the images may be upsetting for some viewers; therefore, preview the film to determine if appropriate for your classes
Pros
  • The packet includes the script of the video, links to images, and readings
  • Utilizes the Big Paper teaching strategy
  • Directions for the strategy are included
Cons
  • None