Violence and Backlash

Revolution and counterrevolution. Protest and counter-protest. Collaborators and bystanders. The focus of the fifth resource in the Reconstruction Era and Fragility of Democracy series is on the political violence that followed Radical Reconstruction. After watching a video about what made the violence possible, class members read the testimony of a Ku Klux Klan victim and an analysis of the role secrecy and fear play in mob violence.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Pause the video frequently to allow participants to ask questions, clarify understanding, and take notes
  • Have groups investigate charges of voter suppression in recent times
Classroom Considerations
  • The 16:45 video is to be viewed into parts; pause the video at 7:45 and have class members respond to the viewing questions
  • Fifth resource in the seven lesson collection reconstruction Era collection
  • The reading help scholars make connections to current political protests
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