Furthermore, with slavery now abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment, how would former slaves be integrated into free society? What role would they play in this process? Would African-Americans receive the right to vote? These questions became more challenging to address as bitter political debates turned into vigilante violence in the South. Though Radical Republicans entered the Reconstruction process with the lofty goals of racial equality, when Reconstruction ended in the mid-1870s, race relations were worse, not better.
The effects of Reconstruction lingered on well into the twentieth century.
For this important topic, my students gathered as groups to write blog posts on various topics related to Reconstruction. I would like to feature a few of these as guest bloggers here.
- Mr. Michael Broach
The Vision of Radical Republicans at the End of the Civil War:
See this nicely formatted document, including a fake Facebook wall made for Radical Republicans linked here.
Guest Bloggers (E mod): Emily, Margaret, Julie, Reagan, Kathryn
Race Relations during Reconstruction:Guest Bloggers (C mod): Kayla, Elizabeth, Janel, Mariam, Kennedy; Primary Source Team: Victor, Danny, Reagan, Philip, Javier
By the mid-1870s, many moderates and average Americans in both the North and West were ready to give up on Reconstruction. Just as Lincoln faced opposition to emancipation during the war, many were tired of dealing with the costs, political debates and effects of Reconstruction by Grant's second term.
For this topic, a group of students in one class creatively made a Twitter account for Samuel J. Tilden, the Democratic candidate for President in 1876. What would "Moderate Sam" tweet? Check out his Twitter profile here:
Guest Bloggers (B mod): Angela, Maddie and Blythe