The Reconstruction Era Unit

Educators looking to dig deeper should download The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy, Facing History's complete unit on this history. Our new publication offers primary and secondary source documents, close reading exercises, lesson plans, and activities that examine themes of memory, justice, and civic participation in a democracy.

We have also created a set of writing strategies that supplement our unit on the Reconstruction era and help educators to guide students through the process of organizing their ideas and crafting a thesis in response to the writing prompts. These strategies also offer tips for students while writing and editing drafts, sharing their essays, and reflecting on the writing process.

In the wake of the Civil War, Americans were faced with the challenge of rebuilding a society that had been divided by slavery and the political upheaval of war. The study of this period in American history is essential to the understanding of citizenship and democracy in the United States today.

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The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

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This resource guides students through a deep exploration of the pivotal era of American history when a nation divided by slavery and war was challenged to rebuild.

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