Unit 1: Reconstruction and Segregation
Frameworks for America's Past

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  Study Guide pages 7 - 24 
(pages are shown with notes and maps completed)

Exploring: History in their own words
Voices of Reconstruction

Review: Famous people to know

Historical photo sets

1.  The Civil War ends - Reconstruction begins

2.  Reconstruction problems and policies

3.  The Reconstruction Amendments  (13th, 14th, 15th)

4.  Reconstruction ends in 1877

5.  Segregation, Jim Crow laws, and the Plessy case

6.  African American leaders' response to segregation

History food feature Baking shortnin' bread the old fashioned way
YouTube videos
and Internet sites

Students: Check with your
parents for permission before visiting Internet links.

Abraham Lincoln  (a short video about the president and his leadership during the Civil War)

Robert E. Lee mini-bio  (a short video about this famous Southern military leader in the Civil War)

Frederick Douglass House   (the Internet site for his home in Washington, D.C., now a national park and museum)

Booker T. Washington mini-bio   (a short video about his life and ideas.  Another interesting video about this great man from Virginia is here.)

W.E.B. Du Bois mini-bio  (a short video)

Ida Wells-Barnett biography  (a short video about the famous black woman, whose name was Ida B. Wells before her marriage)

The Most Inspiring Speech  (a graduation speech by an African American man remembering the advice of his dad, who grew up in the time of "Jim Crow" segregation laws)


Swing Low, Sweet Chariot   (Many American spirituals like this one grew out of African American life in the South during the 1800s. 
In a spiritual, words about crossing over the Jordan River represent dying or going to Heaven.  Another old spiritual: I'm On My Way, from the movie Elmer Gantry.  The reference to "Canaan's land" means the Promised Land mentioned in the Bible.)
Mainly for teachers America: The Story of Us TV mini-series, Episode 5, "Civil War." The last ten minutes of this episode will give your students a dramatic review of key events in the last year of the war, including Lee's surrender and Lincoln's assassination.  This widely praised production originally ran on the History Channel.  Less than $20 on Amazon for the 3 DVD set.

Up From Slavery  The famous and inspiring autobiography by Booker T. Washington, written in 1901.  Click on the full screen icon, then click to turn the pages as you read this free online edition.

Negro Progress in Virginia  An interesting speech given in Richmond, Virginia, in 1913 by Booker T. Washington, illustrated with old photographs.  From the National Humanities Center - it downloads as a PDF file to open and read on your computer or print.

Black Richmond  An interesting article from 1934 that describes some hopeful signs of progress for blacks living in Richmond, Virginia.

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