Reconstruction and the African American Legacy

Through Reconstruction, the federal government reorganizes the rebellious Southern states in preparation for readmitting them to the Union after the Civil War. Reconstruction brought significant changes to the lives of both blacks and whites in the Southern states. In this lesson, students will analyze the character and lasting consequences of Reconstruction.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
8.82
Explain the significance of 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
8.85
Explain the effects of the Freedmen's Bureau and the restrictions placed on the rights and opportunities of freedmen, including racial segregation and Jim Crow laws.
8.86
Trace the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and vigilante justice, including its role in Tennessee.
8.87
Explain the movement of both white and black Northern entrepreneurs (carpetbaggers) from the North to the South.
8.90
Describe the major developments in Tennessee during the Reconstruction Era, including the Constitutional Convention of 1870, the yellow fever epidemic of 1878 and the...
TSS.ELA.6.W.PDW.4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
TSS.ELA.7.W.PDW.4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
TSS.ELA.8.W.PDW.4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
 
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Learning objectives: 

In the course of the lesson, students will:

  • Analyze and interpret primary sources
  • Analyze the character and lasting consequences ofReconstruction
  • Cite textual evidence and draw inferences in order to support claims inwriting
  • Compare and contrast constitutional rights from 1870 and present day
  • Write an argument essay citing evidence to support whether Reconstruction changed life for the better or for the worse for African Americans living in Tennessee
Essential and guiding questions: 

Did life change for the better or for worse for African Americans living in Tennessee during the Reconstruction Era?

Lesson Variations

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Helpful Hints

Materials Needed:

  • TSLA website
  • Student textbook for reference ifneeded
  • Computers for students
  • DBQ