In the Civil War and Reconstruction unit, students engage in contentious historiographic debates about the period: Was Lincoln a racist? Was Reconstruction a success or failure?  Was John Brown a "misguided fanatic"? Did Lincoln free the slaves, or did the slaves free themselves?  The unit includes two Structured Academic Controversy lessons, an Opening Up the Textbook lesson on sharecropping, and a look at Thomas Nast's political cartoons.

Image: Photo of Union soldier taken by Enoch Long between 1863 and 1865 in Saint Louis, Missouri. From the Library of Congress.
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