Learning Experience for January 14/15 – Reconstruction Terms

There are countless books written about the Reconstruction era, and hopefully you will be able to read one  (or more) sometime in your historical future (does that make sense?  Historical future?) We will dig in to the major highlights and events of the Reconstruction in our next meeting.  To prepare, your task is to briefly examine (or re-examine)  14 Reconstruction terms and summarize each in NO MORE THAN 20 WORDS.

IF YOU DO NOT USE THE CLASS HANDOUT, MAKE SURE THIS IS PRINTED!

SOURCES – Begin with the History Channel’s overview of Reconstruction – the reading can give you a good idea about the era and covers most of the terms. You should also check out the Freedman’s Bureau, Sharecropping and Black Leaders during Reconstruction for more great info. The videos one each help as well!

Some specialty topic links – 40 Acres and a Mule,  Voting Restrictions, Supreme Court Decisions 1 and 2, Rise of Democrats in the South, Violence in the South

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;

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A PREVIEW OF RECONSTRUCTION

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.

THE VIDEOS …

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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In Class December 17/18 – Did the Union win … or did the Confederacy lose?


Four long years, over 620,000 dead, even more casualties, part of the nation in ruins, and an entire segment of the population freed for the first time – the results of the Civil War are almost impossible to understand in 2018. We saw the war unfold before winter break, and we know the result if the war … but why did war end up with a Union victory and Confederate defeat? Let’s put our head’s together (and ask some other experts) and discuss!

Come up with a “possibility factor” of the Confederacy winning the war, with a “0” meaning they had no chance at all no matter what they did and a “100” meaning they could have totally won the war but made too many mistakes. Place your names near the location of your factor on the following drawing – Section 1 / Section 2 / Section 5 / Section 6 / Section 7

Come up with some great plausible “What ifs?” that could have changed the course of the war.

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KENOSHA FUN


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In class December 11/12 – A. Lincoln

So … how do you assess the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln? Do your rankings match those of past polls? Consider each entry in the “President A. Lincoln” activity and submit your ratings in this form.

Also, you can have a little fun with Abe. Create a cool and creative President Lincoln meme using ImgFlip’s meme generator or any other meme generator. Find an image of Lincoln, come up with a short, creative, clever, somewhat sarcastic, historically accurate statement about Lincoln and add it to the image.  Then, post it to this board!
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THE CIVIL WAR CHALLENGE – DECEMBER 19

THE CIVIL WAR CHALLENGE

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Preparation for December 11/12 – Spend some time with A. Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln – Judging by the number of books written about him, I think we can all agree that he’s a pretty famous guy, right? How do we view him in our society today?  Is he well remembered?  Highly regarded?  Where is rated in comparison to other presidents? Check out the crossroads he faced as President.  Are you looking for Lincoln? What’s the deal with Lincoln suspending Habeas Corpus and this great Habeas Corpus video? How did he do as Commander in Chief? What about his speeches – were they “fitly spoken”?  Did his views on freedom change over the course of the war?  Was there evidence of an unpopular Mr. Lincoln? This is kind of cool – What are America’s perspectives on Lincoln today?

Abraham Lincoln

Some other great videos – Lincoln as Commander in Chief / The Humor of Lincoln / The Other Side of Lincoln – Lincoln’s Depression / Abraham Lincoln’s Family Life

Spend some time (20-30 minutes) with A. Lincoln by watching some videos and checking out the materials above. Then, submit FIVE WORDS that you feel describe Abraham Lincoln in this form.We will chat about our 16th president in our next class.

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In class December 6/10 – The Civil War Home Front – In Two Voices

As you should understand by now, the Civil War home front was not the easiest place to live for people in the Union and Confederacy.  Each side struggled in various aspects of daily life – some common, and some different.  To represent these contrasting experiences, you and your partner(s) will create a POEM IN TWO VOICES. Your poem should use historical details, contain creativity and emotion, and successfully demonstrate your ability to hit the learning target – I can compare and contrast the challenges and contributions on the home front in the North and South.

You will not be able to convey every aspect of the home front, so key on 1-3 major ideas.

You can use this document to plan your poem or hand write our poem.  Your final product should both printed and spoken, recorded, and eventually posted on Google Classroom. Add any awesome flourishes that you want to help tell the story of the home front.

 

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Learning Experience December 4/5 – The Civil War Home Front

I can compare and contrast the challenges and contributions on the home front in the North and South.

Away from the fields of battle, the home front was an important part of the Civil War … and also felt the greatest impact from the conflict. We will be examining the home front in class Thursday and Monday. To prepare, your task is to spend some time with the materials below and record important concepts and observations on how the war effected the people on the home front, both North and South.  Make a copy and use your document to compare the challenges of life on the home front on both sides of the conflict.  You should be able to get some great notes from the following sources … pick and choose what works best for you for about 25-30 minutes.

The Southern Homefront [ushistory.org] and The Northern Homefront [ushistory.org] – great overviews to get you started

Check out the Essential Civil War Curriculum’s The Home Front: North and South by Roberta Baxter – lots o’ good stuff!

Women in the Civil War from the CWPT!

Laugh and cry your way through two scenes of a play that I wrote – Women on the Home Front and African Americans on the Home Front

Here’s some great information about Wisconsin’s home front from the Wisconsin Historical Society

Where was the first major draft riot?  You will be surprised ….

How did enslaved people support the Confederacy?  Good question – let’s find some answers!

Interested in Christmas During the Civil War? How about Children in the Civil War?

Once the home front materials are done (at home and in class), you should be able to …

  • describe the economic impact of the Civil War on the Northern and Southern home fronts.
  • discuss the various roles of women in the Civil War.
  • discuss how the war affected African Americans in both the North and the South.
  • discuss the economic impact of the war on both the North and the South.
  • describe the views of the Copperheads – you can learn about them here as well!
  • describe the controversy over conscription and the challenges in the New York Draft Riots – more here too!
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Learning Experience December 3/4 – Emancipation

It’s one of the most important documents in American history, and probably the single action Abe Lincoln is known for more than any other – the Emancipation Proclamation. We will discuss this incredible document (incredibly misunderstood as well) in class after Turkey. Your first task to prepare is to read the handout about the EP, read and annotate the Emancipation Proclamation and read and watch The Emancipation Proclamation videos below from the History Channel.

Use the guide questions on the handout – you don’t need to answer them in writing! Then, turn to the great document itself by annotating the actual text of the EP following the instructions on the handout. There isn’t much writing – I promise. For some additional insight, check out 5 Things You May Not Know About Lincoln, Slavery and Emancipation from History in the Headlines.

 

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