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Ch 45: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Reconstruction Era in the U.S.

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Review this chapter to learn more about life in America during the Reconstruction Era. By studying the content of these lessons, you can become better-prepared to answer any pertinent history questions on the MTEL Middle School Humanities test.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Reconstruction Era in the U.S. - Chapter Summary

Through this chapter, your knowledge of the history of the Reconstruction Era following the American Civil War will be refreshed as you study for the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam. Various facets of the events and details of the Reconstruction will be explained and analyzed, including:

  • President Johnson and Lincoln's Reconstruction
  • Changes in the South following the Civil War
  • Westward expansion and the Indian Wars
  • The Homestead Act, Women's suffrage, Transcontinental Railroad and results of the Reconstruction
  • A summary of the Compromise of 1877

Guided by expert instructors, these brief lessons attempt to convey detailed information regarding different aspects of the Reconstruction Era. In addition to watching the videos, you may also read the accompanying transcripts of each lesson and make note of highlighted vocabulary words that will enhance your studies. At the end of each lesson is a self-assessment quiz that can determine how much you remember about the information you just reviewed.

6 Lessons in Chapter 45: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Reconstruction Era in the U.S.
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President Andrew Johnson: Attempts to Continue Lincoln's Reconstruction Plan

1. 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.

Life in the South After the Civil War

2. 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.

The Indian Wars: Struggle Between Native Americans and Settlers

3. 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.

Transcontinental Railroad, Homestead Act and Women's Suffrage

4. 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.

Reconstruction Period: Goals, Success and Failures

5. Reconstruction Period: Goals, Success and Failures

Reconstruction of the South following the American Civil War lasted from 1865-1877 under three presidents. It wasn't welcomed by Southerners, and there were many problems throughout this process. But, was it successful?

Compromise of 1877: Definition, Summary & Results

6. Compromise of 1877: Definition, Summary & Results

Political deals between parties have become commonplace in American politics. In 1877, one such political bargain resolved a disputed election, ended Reconstruction, and changed the fate of recently freed African Americans. Develop an understanding of the Compromise of 1877 and test your knowledge with a short quiz.

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