The Fragility of Democracy and Importance of Teaching Reconstruction

November 10, 2021
The Fragility of Democracy: Teaching Reconstruction
New York

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The Fragility of Democracy and Importance of Teaching Reconstruction

How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable? The Reconstruction era, most commonly viewed as the period from 1865 to 1877, was a monumental struggle for freedom and democracy in the face of violent backlash. The study of the Reconstruction era in American history is essential to an understanding of citizenship and democracy in the United States today.

In this workshop we will introduce Facing History’s “case study” approach to teaching the era of Reconstruction. We will be exploring curriculum resources found in The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy unit. This workshop will be facilitated online with some pre-reading outside of the scheduled time. The interactive, instructional Zoom meeting will include content and pedagogy aimed at teaching and implementing a unit on Reconstruction. 


Participating teachers will: 

  • Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce literacy skills and historical understanding for hybrid and remote teaching.
  • Have access to Facing History’s lending library, including related streaming video and multimedia, including the teaching unit: The Era of Reconstruction and the Fragility of Democracy digitally. 

This workshop will be held via Zoom. Details for joining the Zoom meeting will be shared by email prior to the event.

This workshop is intended for middle and high school teachers in the New York/New Jersey area. 

NY participants will receive CTLE hours and NJ participants will receive proof of completion.

November 10, 2021
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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