Teaching Reconstruction

 Freedmen School in the Sea Islands, South Carolina Est 1862. Image Courtesy of the Library of Congress 

Freedmen School in the Sea Islands, South Carolina Est 1862. Image Courtesy of the Library of Congress 

 
 

How to Reconstruct a Nation

The Reconstruction Era was the period roughly from 1865 (the end of the American Civil War) to 1877.  The Union victory in the Civil War resulted in some four million slaves gaining their freedom, but the work of rebuilding and reunifying the nation would be a long process filled with challenges, significant changes, some successes and disappointments.   

This section of the portal has some resources such as a primary sources set, suggested reading list, and more to help learners understand the complex period following the Civil War.  How to Reconstruct a Nation is also offered as a Educator workshop that can travel to your school, or district.  The workshop is normally 1 1/2 hours, however it can be tailored to your schedule.  

 


How to Reconstruct a Nation: Teacher Workshop

In this 1 1/2 hour workshop session, participants use contextual documents to understand the challenges and successes of Reconstruction in the American South.  Could a country really be brought back together or would the divisions of the war last well into the future?

Workshops can be customized. If you are interested in booking this workshop contact us by email at education(at)afroamcivilwar.org.

Reconstruction Primary Source Set