Study these graphics of the basic Reconstruction content.

The following graphic gives basic information about Reconstruction.


Reconstruction Vocabulary: Click on the links to read the definitions and explanations. Write a definition for each word in your notebook.

• 13th Amendment (First sentence) 13th
• 14th Amendment (Summarize the introduction.) 14th
• 15th Amendment (First sentence) 15th
• "equal protection under the law" (First paragraph) Equal protection
• Reconstruction (First paragraph) Reconstruction
• Civil Rights Act of 1866 Civil
• Freedman's Bureau Free
• carpetbaggers Carpet
• Election of 1876 (Summarize the first paragraph.) Elect
• Compromise of 1877 1877
• Black Codes ( Use the end of the second sentence.) Codes
• Abraham Lincoln Abe
• Robert E. Lee Lee
• Frederick Douglass Douglass

Reconstruction Map: This map shows the military districts in the South during Reconstruction.


Thinking About the Reconstruction Topic: Click on the link to see a diagram that you will use to think about Reconstruction. Copy the titles on the diagram onto a sheet of notebook paper. Fill them in according to the directions you get in class. Keep the diagram on your screen to guide your thinking and writing.

Here is an example of the finished diagram.

Read About Reconstruction: Follow the directions given in class to take notes on the readings in the link. We will compare the readings to the Reconstruction Vocabulary. Is the information the same in the readings or is it different? How has your knowledge of Reconstruction changed after reading? Readings

Reconstruction fill-in-the-blanks. Write the words that go in each blank into your notebook. Fill ins

Amendments Pop-up Book: You will make a pop-up book about the Civil War Amendments. Click on the link to see a picture showing the inside of the finished book. Book

Carpetbagger: You will make a carpetbagger figure. Click on this link to see a finished carpetbagger. Carpet This link gives directions for the figure. Folding

Reconstruction Brochure: Use the link to the brochure maker to design and print a brochure about Reconstruction. You will receive more directions in class.


Changes after 1877: Jim Crow Laws

What were Jim Crow Laws? Why did they come about and who was Jim Crow, anyhow?

Jim Crow

Click on the following link to listen to the background of Jim Crow and the Jim Crow song.Jim Crow

News paper accounts of Jim Crow Laws after Reonstruction.

Cleveland Gazette, July 11, 1891

Exodusters escape Jim Crow laws by moving west.


What was the Plessy v Ferguson decision? Why was it passed and how does it reflect the influence of Reconstruction politics?

Plessy Summary

What was the dissenting opinion in the Plessy case? What does dissent mean? Dissent

Documents and Reconstruction: Click on the link to connect to the Library of Congress primary source activity on Reconstruction. Partners will work on different sections of the activity in class. Library of Congress


Game #1 Game 1

Game #2 Jim Crow Walk the Plank

Game #3 Jim Crow Fling the Teacher

Game #4 Reconstruction Vocabulary

Game #5 Vocabulary Game #2

Game #6 Reconstruction Hangman

Reconstruction Outline Review

Reconstruction and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments
Basic provisions of the Amendments
  1. The 13th Amendment bans _ in the and all of its territories.
  2. The 14th Amendment grants _ to all persons born in the and guarantees them equal protection under the_ .
  3. The 15th Amendment ensures all citizens_ regardless of _, _, or previous condition of servitude.

These three guarantee equal protection under the law for .

Reconstruction policies and problems
  • military could not _ _.
  • _ could hold public office.
  • _ gained equal rights as a result of the Civil Rights Act of _, which also authorized the use of federal troops for its _.
  • soldiers supervised the _.
  • The _ was established to aid former enslaved _ in the South.
  • resented Northern “,” who took advantage of the South during.

End of Reconstruction

  • Reconstruction ended with the_ .
  • Federal_ were removed from the _.
  • Rights that African Americans gained were_ through new "Jim" laws.

Reconstruction – Important People
1. A L

  • Reconstruction plan calling for _
  • of the was more important than the South

2. R . Lee

  • Urged _ to reconcile at the end of the war and re_ as Americans when some wanted to continue to _.
  • Became president of _ _ College, which is now known as Washington and University.

3. F _ D

  • Fought for adoption of C_ A that guaranteed V R_ .
  • Was a voice for H_ R and Civil L_ for all.