The teacher provided an assignment which allowed students to research, communicate and think critically about the outcomes and perspectives of the reconstruction period.Students could have used this investigation to decide on how the United States may address a more current situation which has similarities to the Civil War based on what they know about the success or failure of reconstruction would increase this lesson’s TIPC rating in this category.The teacher challenged students to question their own initial response to whether reconstruction was a success or failure and to find reasons why others may have felt differently.
Students worked in teacher assigned pairs to research the success or failure of the reconstruction period, complete the research task sheets, and develop their persuasive paragraphs. Reconstruction also finally settled the states’ rights vs.However, Reconstruction failed by most other measures: Radical Republican legislation ultimately failed to protect former slaves from white persecution and failed to engender fundamental changes to the social fabric of the South. Hayes removed federal troops from the South in , former Confederate officials and slave owners almost immediately returned to power. Supreme Court bolstered this anti-progressive movement with decisions in the Slaughterhouse Cases, the Civil Rights Cases, and United States v.Students use Google docs to collaboratively complete the research task sheets along with constructing the final persuasive paragraphs.The teacher modeled how to evaluate sources using the research task sheet along with the importance of developing questions to guide their investigation.Lincoln worried that if the war dragged on, a settlement would be reached that would leave the North and South as two separate nations.As it turned out, his fears were justified: by late , Lincoln drafted lenient specifications for secessionist states for readmission into the Union—an attempt to entice Unionists and those tired of fighting in the South to surrender.Once students collected all the information needed, they used it to create their persuasive essay about reconstruction.Students were also expected to individually reflect on how they evaluated each source and how this will help them in the future.With the support of a conservative Supreme Court, these newly empowered white southern politicians passed black codes, voter qualifications, and other anti-progressive legislation to reverse the rights that blacks had gained during Radical Reconstruction. Cruikshank that effectively repealed the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments and the Civil Rights Act of .Meanwhile, the sharecropping system—essentially a legal form of slavery that kept blacks tied to land owned by rich white farmers—became widespread in the South.