The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

Teaching the Reconstruction Era

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The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

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How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable? We will explore this significant period in US history, when Americans were faced with the challenge of restoring a nation amid the social and political upheaval of the civil war.


This seminar combines online and traditional face-to-face learning. There will be a brief online assignment to be done in the week prior to our first in-person meeting. We will meet in person on July 18 and 19 and continue in an online platform for one week thereafter to deepen our exploration of the content and resources available to educators. Participants are expected to spend approximately 7 hours with the online activities from July 19 to July 26.


Recommended for 8th and 11th grade US History teachers, interdisciplinary teams exploring American Studies or Humanities with inclusion of US-based literature, and English/Language Arts teachers wanting greater historical context for issues of race and justice.


In this seminar you will:

  • Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce historical and literacy skills
  • Explore topics such as human rights, racial division, democracy, and the Civil War
  • Receive a free copy of The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

After this seminar you will:

  • Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
350 S. Bixel St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
7.18.17 - 7.26.17
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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