Ch 29: AEPA: Reconstruction

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As part of your preparations for the AEPA Middle Grades Social Science exam, use these lesson videos to improve your understanding of the legacy of President Lincoln, the presidencies of Johnson and Grant, the reconstruction of the South and events the followed.

AEPA: Reconstruction - Chapter Summary

Complete the activities of this chapter to review the events of Reconstruction in the South and the legacies of Presidents Lincoln, Johnson and Grant. Watch these lesson videos to improve your understanding of these people, events and the events that followed. After this chapter you should have a better understanding of:

  • President Lincoln's plans for Reconstruction
  • President Johnson's reconstruction of the south
  • Successes and corruptions or President Grant
  • Reconstruction amendments
  • Life in the South after the Civil War
  • Women's suffrage and the expansion westward
  • The Indian Wars
  • End of Reconstruction

These lesson videos are mobile-device friendly, so you can take them with you wherever you go. In addition to watching these videos, test your understanding by taking the lesson quizzes and chapter exam. When you discover topics you don't understand, return to the lessons with video tags to improve your mastery over the material.

AEPA: Reconstruction Objectives

The AEPA Middle Grades Social Science test is a computer-based certification exam used to measure potential middle-grades educators' mastery over the social sciences. This test involves completing 150 multiple-choice questions in a testing session that lasts 180 minutes. Of these questions, 50% fall under the domain of History. Prepare for some of these questions to ask you about Reconstruction in the South by completing the activities of this chapter.

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President Lincoln's Legacy: Plans for a Reconstructed Union

1. President Lincoln's Legacy: Plans for a Reconstructed Union

Before the guns of the American Civil War fell silent, President Abraham Lincoln was making plans for the reconstruction of the South. In this lesson, learn what his plans involved and the controversy surrounding them.

President Andrew Johnson: Attempts to Continue Lincoln's Reconstruction Plan

2. President Andrew Johnson: Attempts to Continue Lincoln's Reconstruction Plan

When President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, the task of Reconstruction fell to President Andrew Johnson. He was soon at odds with many different factions in the nation. While Johnson was not successful in domestic policy, his administration had a few foreign successes.

President Ulysses S. Grant: Election, Successes and Corruption

3. President Ulysses S. Grant: Election, Successes and Corruption

Ulysses S. Grant, the Union hero of the Civil War, was elected in 1868, the last U.S. president to have been a slave owner. Despite his popularity, the nation faced social, economic and political difficulties, and his administration was shrouded in corruption.

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

4. 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.

Reconstruction's Effects on African Americans: Politics, Education and Economy

5. Reconstruction's Effects on African Americans: Politics, Education and Economy

The era in U.S. history known as Reconstruction presented many new opportunities to African Americans, especially in the South. For the first time, freedmen were free to pursue economic independence, education, religion and politics. These pursuits are embodied in the accomplishments of four men: Alonzo Herndon, Booker T. Washington, Jonathan Gibbs and Hiram Revels.

Life in the South After the Civil War

6. 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.

Transcontinental Railroad, Homestead Act and Women's Suffrage

7. Transcontinental Railroad, Homestead Act and Women's Suffrage

In light of slavery and the issues related to it, several consequential events are often overlooked in the mid- to late-1800s: the Homestead Act, completion of the the transcontinental railroad and the push for women's suffrage.

The Indian Wars: Struggle Between Native Americans and Settlers

8. The Indian Wars: Struggle Between Native Americans and Settlers

As America expanded into the West, whites often encroached on Indian land and resources. Many Native Americans defended their territory, leading to a series of conflicts known as the Indian Wars.

The End of Reconstruction and the Election of 1876

9. The End of Reconstruction and the Election of 1876

Since the end of the Civil War in 1865, Republicans had tried to Reconstruct the South and secure equal rights for African American men. But a series of factors convened to bring Reconstruction to an end in 1877.

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