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Ch 34: The Civil War Reconstruction Era

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Teach your students about the Civil War Reconstruction Era with help from this teacher resource chapter. Our video lessons, printable lesson transcripts and multiple-choice quizzes can be used to fit your specific curriculum needs.

The Civil War Reconstruction Era - Chapter Summary

The Reconstruction Era after the Civil War is covered in this informative teacher resource chapter. As you work through this chapter, you'll find topics including the Reconstruction amendments, life in the U.S. after the war and the Second Industrial Revolution. If you'd rather not show an entire video lesson to your class, use the video tabs feature to jump ahead to just the section you'd like to view. We've included a short quiz with each lesson that makes a handy assessment tool to make sure your students understand these topics.

How It Helps

  • Makes planning easy: Although these resources are ready to be used as-is in class, you can also use them to get ideas for assessments, lectures, project ideas or discussion prompts.
  • Encourages comprehension: Our lessons are self-paced, so your students can review as many or as few topics relating the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War as they need.
  • Adheres to Common Core: These lessons provide information that adheres to Common Core standards, helping you ensure your curriculum is beneficial.

Skills Covered

After you complete these lessons, your students should be ready to:

  • Outline President Lincoln's legacy
  • Describe the Reconstruction amendments
  • Explain what life was like in the North and the South after the Civil War
  • Identify the history of the Reconstruction Acts of 1867
  • Discuss the inventions that came out of the Second Industrial Revolution

5 Lessons in Chapter 34: The Civil War Reconstruction Era
The Reconstruction Amendments: The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments

1. The Reconstruction Amendments: The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments

Between 1865 and 1870, during the historical era known as Reconstruction, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified to establish political equality for all Americans. Together, they are known as the Reconstruction Amendments.

Life in the North After the Civil War

2. Life in the North After the Civil War

The Civil War didn't just change life in the Southern states. The North also changed after the war, thanks to wartime advances in industry and technology and the movement for racial equality in the postwar years.

Life in the South After the Civil War

3. Life in the South After the Civil War

Following the Civil War, the era of Reconstruction was a difficult time for Southerners. Their land was destroyed, their political institutions were overrun by outsiders, the economy was in transition and their society was in upheaval. It was in this climate that the Ku Klux Klan was born and the Redeemers sought to reestablish the Old South.

Reconstruction Acts of 1867: Definition & History

4. Reconstruction Acts of 1867: Definition & History

This lesson will describe the Reconstruction Acts of 1867, including the historical context in which they were formed, their content and their impact on post-Civil War America.

The Second Industrial Revolution: Timeline & Inventions

5. The Second Industrial Revolution: Timeline & Inventions

The Second Industrial Revolution was another great leap forward in technology and society. New innovations in steel production, petroleum and electricity led to the introduction of public automobiles and airplanes. In this lesson, learn about the key inventions that spurred this revolution.

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