Scalawags in the Civil War: Definition & Explanation


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Which group created the term scalawag?

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1. Which of the following individuals were considered scalawags?

2. Besides strengthening the Republican Party, what other achievements did scalawags seek?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Scalawag was a derogatory term Southern Democrats used for Republicans, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your knowledge of the group. You'll be assessed on your understanding of the goals and accomplishments of the scalawags.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your knowledge of:

  • Origin of the term
  • Individuals considered to be scalawags
  • Achievements sought by scalawags

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related history lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what became of scalawags after 1877
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about scalawags

Additional Learning

To learn more about history, review the accompanying lesson on Scalawags in the Civil War. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know the definition of scalawag
  • Learn the goals and purpose of Reconstruction
  • Understand the historical impact of the scalawags