The Thirteenth Amendment

While the end of the Civil War marked the end of slavery with the Thirteenth Amendment, the questions of the Reconstruction remain unanswered today. Slavery first became a matter of debate at the Constitutional Convention. Today, we still grapple with its legacy. An informative video resource explores the roots of these questions and the Thirteenth Amendment. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create discussion questions to ask learners where they see the effects of slavery and the Thirteenth Amendment today
  • Have scholars research current questions around the Thirteenth Amendment, such as mass incarceration
Classroom Considerations
  • Video is a broad overview of history rather than a deep dive into the Reconstruction Amendments
  • Video is adaptable to a variety of classroom settings, as it does not presume a background in history
  • Engaging narrator, graphics, and images stimulate individuals' interest
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