Reconstruction: The 15th Amendment and African American Men in Congress

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To escape to freedom, Robert Smalls had to steal a Confederate ship and sail to Union lines. He continued that fight for freedom as one of the first African American representatives in Congress during the Reconstruction era. Learners explore the legacy of Smalls and other leaders using a video clip featuring top historians, discussion questions, and other activity ideas. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video to launch a project investigating various African American leaders during Reconstruction
  • Stimulate a class discussion using questions and video on Reconstruction
Classroom Considerations
  • One installment in a four-part PBS collection on Reconstruction 
Pros
  • Connects relevancy of Reconstruction era with today's debates over civil rights
  • Activities offer diverse options for teachers that are easy to implement, along with resource links
Cons
  • None