How does a nation rebuild after it is torn in two? Can it be rebuilt? That’s the challenge of the newly “reunited” United States after the Civil War … and the era of Reconstruction is not only a major chapter in America’s story, but still resonates today.
In order to begin examining the success and/or failure of Reconstruction, we need to get some idea of what happened in the time between 1865 and 1877. To do so, your task for next class is to read/watch the general overview materials available here. As you do, use the term bank on your intro as a checklist for the important ideas and concepts of the era, and jot down some notes as you dig into this very controversial time period. Start to consider the idea of Reconstruction being a success or a failure in regards to the goals we posed earlier. In addition, come up with some questions (not Siri questions, but good historical questions) that you may have about the era and post those questions on the Reconstruction Question Board!
MAKE SURE YOU USE THIS ONE! Begin with the History Channel’s overview of Reconstruction – the reading can give you a good idea about the era. You should also check out the Freedman’s Bureau, Sharecropping and Black Leaders during Reconstruction for more great info. The videos helps as well!
Need more? Want more? Gotta have more? I love the Reconstruction section from the Digital History project at the University of Houston. Also, check out Reconstruction from UsHistory.org and Reuniting the Union: A Chronology from the University of Houston;
MAKE SURE YOU USE ONE AT LEAST ONE VIDEO! Some decent videos to help you out as welll
John Green – he talks so fast, but he is way more entertaining than Taft
Taft’s overview of the Recon Amendments
Why President Johnson was impeached