Ch 29: NES: Reconstruction

About This Chapter

This chapter can help prepare you for the NES Middle Grades Social Science test by refreshing your knowledge about the Reconstruction period. These brief video lessons will take you from President Lincoln's original plan to the end of Reconstruction in the mid 1870s.

NES: Reconstruction - Chapter Summary

The video lessons in this chapter will cover test-relevant information about the Reconstruction era in post-Civil War America. Lessons include information about the leading political figures of the time as well as an exploration of the social turmoil in the South and West. Topics include the following:

  • President Lincoln's plan for Reconstruction
  • President Johnson's administration
  • The presidency of Ulysses S. Grant
  • The Reconstruction amendments
  • The effects of Reconstruction on African Americans
  • The South after the Civil War
  • Opportunities in the West
  • Struggles with Native Americans
  • The end of Reconstruction

Assimilate the information in these lessons by watching our entertaining videos and reviewing the provided transcript. Each video has a corresponding quiz and a timeline with direct links to the main topics covered. In addition, you can get answers to your questions directly from the instructor under the Teacher tab.

NES: Reconstruction Chapter Objectives

The NES is a teacher certification exam for entry-level teachers designed to test subject-matter competency in their field of expertise. The computer-based NES Middle Grades Social Science test is made up of 150 multiple-choice questions and lasts up to three hours.

The material covered in this Reconstruction chapter falls under the History domain section. This content domain makes up approximately 50% of the test and covers eight competencies, including one on U.S. history from 1789 to 1877 that relates to the lessons in this chapter. After watching these videos, use the multiple-choice exams to not only test your knowledge, but also to become familiar with the types of questions you may encounter on test day.

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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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