12/12 Reconstruction Debate Day 1

Today we began researching the status of African-American freedom during the Reconstruction era.  Many advancements for civil rights occurred in the years following the Civil War like the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments however, many events reduced civil rights in America during this time period as well.

In this activity, you’ll examine 5 primary source documents, answer guiding questions, and record the best evidence that supports a point of view on the following topic: Were African Americans free during Reconstruction?

Reconstruction Debate

Tomorrow, you and your group mates will debate teams who have been assigned the opposite point of view and then attempt to reach a consensus based on your real-life beliefs.