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

Discussion & Essay Questions

Available to teachers only as part of the Teaching ReconstructionTeacher 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 Discussion & Essay Questions


  1. Big Picture
    • What was the biggest surprise of Reconstruction?
      • That white Southerners violently resisted?
      • That the freedmen proved very capable of exercising political power and holding office?
      • That some of the Reconstruction Era governments were corrupt?
      • That the federal government had to aggressively intervene in order to protect the freedmen?
      • That eventually Northerners and the federal government largely walked away?
      • That by the end of the century Northerners and Southerners had united behind a narrative that cast white Southerners as victims?