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Civil War: Reconstruction

Here are websites about the Reconstruction, the time period immediately following the American Civil War. Students can see primary source materials from the era including first-person narratives, watch videos clips, take a quiz, or re-enact the trial of President Johnson. Included are two eThemes on the Civil War.


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Explore this collection of primary source documents such as pamphlets and other materials, most of which were written by African American authors about pressing issues of the day. Use the timeline to find documents from the Reconstruction years.
Explore these two collections to view diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, travel accounts, and narratives from the American South.
This is an encyclopedia entry about the Republican party during the Reconstruction era. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This digital archive contains thousands of letters, diaries, newspapers, and other records from two American communities, one Northern and one Southern, from the start of the Civil War through the Reconstruction.
This site has lots of information about the Reconstruction era and many interactive features, such as video clips, timelines, and clickable maps. A teachers' guide is included. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This is a portion of the online exhibition "The African American Odyssey" and contains primary source documents from the Reconstruction Era.
This site contains background materials and ground rules for staging an in-class simulation of the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson.
This site contains information about the Electoral College controversy of 1876-1877. It includes an overview of the events, a timeline, biographies, and political cartoons. NOTE: Reading level is for older students.
This is an exhibit that examines the turbulent and controversial era following the Civil War. There is extensive information about economic and political conditions in the South, responses to the end of slavery, and many images.
This is a timeline of the major legislative events in U.S. history from 1865 to 1879. NOTE: Some of the external links are broken.
Learn the reasons why the Civil War began. Read about several battles and military leaders. Includes timelines of major events and maps of the battle areas. View photographs of the war and the men and women involved. There are links to several eThemes Resources on the Civil War.
These sites have information about slavery in America in the 1800s. See Confederacy currency with pictures of slaves. Read narratives from slaves and learn about their lives from their own words. There are links to other eThemes Resources about the Civil War, the Underground Railroad, Dred Scott, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Missouri Compromise.

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