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Reconstruction Discussion & Essay Questions

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


Teaching Reconstruction Teacher Pass includes:

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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?