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Units March 9, 2022

Reconstruction’s Legacy

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Lesson Summary: Students examine the legacy of slavery, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow legislation on America by connecting historical events with contemporary issues and centering the experiences of Black Americans. Downloads: Unit resources Links: The 1619 project: complete pdf 1619 podcast and transcripts
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This unit was created by educators in Michigan, as part of the 2021 cohort of The 1619 Project Education Network. It is designed for facilitation across approximately five days, or five class periods.

Objectives

Students will be able to...

  • Describe the legacy and impact of Reconstruction on Black Americans.
  • Identify multiple examples of how slavery and the Reconstruction era continue to impact Black Americans today.
  • Write a short essay explaining the multiple ways in which slavery and the Reconstruction era continue to impact Black Americans today.

Essential Questions

  • What is the legacy of slavery and Reconstruction for Black Americans?
  • How does the legacy of slavery and Reconstruction continue to impact the lives of Black Americans today?

Unit Overview

Students will practice reading and understanding primary and secondary sources and will use their “Thinking like a Historian” skills to analyze these sources.

This unit will help students develop a deeper understanding of the impact of slavery and Reconstruction on Black Americans then and now. The themes and ideas covered in The 1619 Project will help students make relevant connections between the experiences of Black Americans during the Reconstruction era and today. Engagement with the project and the essential questions will increase student awareness of systemic issues that continue to impact Black Americans today.

These lessons can be implemented at the end of a Reconstruction unit or a mini-unit connecting Reconstruction, post-Reconstruction, and early 1900s America. They can also be used as a stand-alone mini-unit that can be expanded with new articles, primary sources, or current events. These lessons can also be incorporated into a larger C3 Inquiry unit on the topics.

Performance Task:

Formative:

  • Each day students will have questions to answer based on readings or podcasts. They will also present to the class information they learned as well as partake in group and class discussions.
  • Students will utilize primary and secondary sources to understand the legacy of Reconstruction, its impact on America, and its impact on Black Americans then and today.

Summative:

  • Students will write a short essay explaining the multiple ways in which the legacy of the Reconstruction era continues to impact Black Americans today.

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