Discussion & Essay Questions
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Sample of Discussion & Essay Questions
- How did Northerners react to the ineffectiveness of Presidential Reconstruction?
- Was this strategy effective? Why or why not?
- 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?
- Explain your choice and provide specific examples of the behavior described.