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The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

This one day workshop explores the Reconstruction era in the United States and the construction of American identity.

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Single Session

Our single professional learning sessions are designed to easily fit into your day. Typically one hour or less, these sessions explore timely and relevant topics including teaching strategies, current events, and more.


This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff. When you register, you will receive instructions for how to attend the event.

This event qualifies for ISBE (Illinois).

Illinois licensed educators are eligible to receive 7 Illinois educator clock hours for full participation in the workshop. More information will be provided on how to receive clock hours during the workshop.

Civic Education Equity Education

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. You will learn to teach about the Reconstruction era using an approach that helps students connect this history to their own lives and the choices they make today.

Participating teachers will receive at no cost: 

  • professional development; 
  • access to Facing History’s lending library, including related streaming video and multimedia; 
  • classroom resources for each participant, including a resource book, 5-week unit plan with Illinois Social Science Standards-aligned summative assessment and informed action task; student guides and journals for each student (available in Spanish and English) or available to download as google documents for learning from home.