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The Reconstruction Era after the American Civil War - Chapter Summary
The Civil War is a pivotal event in American history, but the period following the Civil War is just as significant in many respects. This era is known as Reconstruction, and your students can learn about it by watching the video lessons contained in this chapter.
In these lessons, students will learn about the main issues that affected Reconstruction policies and political controversies. Lessons will address the policies themselves, as well as the effects of these policies on different regions and groups. The lessons will teach your eighth graders about topics such as the:
- Republican Reconstruction plan
- Compromise of 1877
- Reconstruction amendments
- Effects of Reconstruction on the South, North, and African Americans
- Homestead Act of 1862
- Significance of the Morrill Land-Grant Acts
- Dawes Act of 1887
- Biography of Hiram Revels
Included in each lesson are video tags that students can use to save and return to key points of information. There is also a hard copy of each lesson included in the chapter that can be used to review lesson transcripts later on. Once you are confident in your students' understanding of these topics, you can test their knowledge on some key points by taking the chapter's practice quizzes.
1. The Radical Republican Plan for Reconstruction: The Reconstruction Acts & Civil Rights Act
In this lesson, we will explore the Radical Republicans' plan to reconstruct the South after the Civil War. We will discuss Congress' efforts to extend the Freedmen's Bureau and to pass the Civil Rights and Reconstruction Acts.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Reconstruction in the South: Positive & Negative Effects
In this lesson, we'll explore the positive and negative effects of Reconstruction on the people of the South. We'll look at rights and opportunities for African Americans, economic growth, resentment and violence, and the sharecropping system.
6. How American Reconstruction Affected the North
After the Civil War, the United States shifted into a period of Reconstruction. While the effects of Reconstruction were very obvious in the South, they also had a significant impact on states in the North.
7. Hiram Revels: History & Biography
This lesson discusses Hiram Revels, the first African American member of the United States Senate. Learn more about Revels and his work as a politician, minister, and educator, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
8. What is the Homestead Act of 1862? - Definition & Summary
Define the Homestead Act of 1862, learn about its historical origins, and understand the challenges individuals faced as they established property claims on the Great Plains during the 19th century.
9. Morrill Land-Grant Acts: Impact on the Growth of Colleges & Universities
Ever wonder how colleges and universities were started? In this lesson, we'll look at the Morrill Land-Grant Acts and how they contributed to the establishment of many American colleges, including state universities and historically black colleges.
10. The Dawes Act of 1887: Definition & Summary
The U.S. has a long history of implementing plans with the 'best of intentions.' This is especially true for its long and tragic relationship with Native Americans. One of the starkest examples of this is the Dawes Act of 1887.
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- Important People of the Revolutionary War
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- Westward Expansion in America
- Sectionalism in the U.S.
- The American Civil War Era
- Famous Addresses of the American Civil War
- Significant Civil War Era Figures
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- Origin of Self-Government
- U.S. Supreme Court Cases & Decisions
- American Citizenship Overview
- American Political Parties & Interest Groups
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- Impact of Science & Technology on American Society
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