We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reconstruction

Reconstruction

Challenges & Opportunities

Available to teachers only as part of the Teaching Reconstruction Teacher Pass


Teaching Reconstruction Teacher Pass includes:

  • Assignments & Activities
  • Reading Quizzes
  • Current Events & Pop Culture articles
  • Discussion & Essay Questions
  • Challenges & Opportunities
  • Related Readings in Literature & History

Sample of Challenges & Opportunities


Often eclipsed by the incredible drama of the Civil War is the equally incredible drama of Reconstruction. Perhaps because it ultimately failed, perhaps because Northerners and the federal government ultimately walked away from the challenge of facilitating the slaves' transition to freedom, this episode is often just a footnote in our study of the war. 

But as we emphasize in "So What," this was an huge moment in our history—four million people suddenly released from bondage, the social, economic, and political status of one-third of the South's entire population radically transformed. One of your first challenges will be helping your students understand the dimensions of this moment.