African Americans After the Civil War

Young historians learn what life was like in the South during the Reconstruction era. They complete hands-on-activities and participate in group discussion to understand how experiences varied between African Americans and white Southerners. Among other topics, they explore how the end of slavery caused changes to large plantations.  

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have scholars create images of life during the Reconstruction era
  • Compare experiences for African Americans and white Southerners after the Civil War 
Classroom Considerations
  • Presumes a protocol has been established for a safe, respectful discussion of sensitive issues
Pros
  • Lesson provides an extension activity to expand learning 
  • The resource introduces the use of primary sources for elementary students
Cons
  • None