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- Examine the goals of the Reconstruction along with the successes and failures of the period.
- Explore the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
- Study the Homestead Act of 1862 and the Frontier Thesis.
- Determine how the expansion of the transcontinental railroad affected the people who built and traveled it.
- Describe conflicts between settlers, the government and Native Americans.
- Learn about the Dawes Act and other Native American policies.
1. 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?
2. 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.
3. Westward Expansion: The Homestead Act of 1862 & the Frontier Thesis
Between the mid-1800s and the turn of the 20th century, the American frontier opened and closed abruptly. What factors influenced this land rush, and how did it help shape American history?
4. Expanding the Transcontinental Railroad: History and Impact
After decades of wrangling, plans were finalized for construction of a transcontinental railroad during the Civil War. After completion in 1869, the railroad changed many aspects of American life, for better or worse.
5. Native Americans: Conflict, Conquest and Assimilation During the Gilded Age
In the second half of the 19th century, the federal government attempted to control Native American nations. This led to violent conflicts known together as the Indian Wars. Learn about famous battles, and the attempt to 'civilize' tribes through various policies.
6. Gilded Age History
In this lesson, we will learn about the Gilded Age. We will identify when this period took place and highlight the central themes and developments associated with it.
7. History of the Jazz Age
In this lesson we will learn about the Jazz Age. We will identify the central characteristics of this time period, and we will examine key developments that took place during this exciting time in American history.
8. Battle of Little Bighorn: Definition, Facts & Summary
On June 25, 1876 the United States army suffered one of its greatest and most famous defeats in the Sioux Wars. At Little Bighorn, General George Armstrong Custer and his forces were annihilated by the Sioux chief Sitting Bull and his warriors. In this lesson we examine this battle in more detail.
9. What Caused the Battle of Little Bighorn?
The Battle of Little Bighorn is one of the most famous military engagements in US history. But what actually started it? In this lesson, we'll explore the history leading up to this famous fight.
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