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 watch the videos below to get a general overview of the era.  Start to consider the idea of Reconstruction being a success or a failure in regards to the goals we posed earlier. Your task is to come to class on Monday/Tuesday with ONE WORD to describe Reconstruction, ONE COMMENT you have about what your watched, and ONE QUESTION you have about the Reconstruction Era.


Reconstruction from the History Channel

Taft’s overview of the Recon Amendments, Common Craft style.

John Green and his Crash Course on Recon – he talks so fast, but he is way more entertaining than Taft

Taft’s overview of the Recon Amendments, Common Craft style.


Why President Johnson was impeached – good to know!

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