Reconstruction of the United States after the Civil War solved the issues of slavery and secession, but created new problems related to citizenship and race for freedmen (Key Concept 5.3).
Reconstruction Structured Academic Controversy:
Students will partner up and examine several documents related to Reconstruction while answering guiding questions. One partner will gather evidence to show that African Americans were actually free during Reconstruction and one partner will gather evidence to show that African American were not actually free during Reconstruction. Finally, partners will come to a consensus and each write a well-developed paragraph to explain their point of view using specific textual evidence.
I have provided a timeline of Reconstruction to review before the activity for context.