This US History: Deconstructing Reconstruction lesson plan also includes:
The United States faced a myriad of difficult questions at the end of the Civil War: What should they do about the newly freed people? How should the South be treated for the rebellion? How to rebuild the Union? Using primary source documents, including a political speech and a newspaper editorial, learners consider the questions to evaluate the success of the era.
- Discuss the plans for Reconstruction using the four-corners debate
- Analyze included primary source to evaluate the success or failure of Reconstruction efforts
- Learners need some background on the end of the Civil War to understand the issues at stake in Reconstruction
- Activities build primary source skills
- Four corners debate keeps class members engaged
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