American History Iby Matthew Caggia

Unit 7: Reconstruction

Chapters 12

It is the end. Well, the end for American History I: Reconstruction. How will the United States be made whole again? Was it ever truly apart? What level of retribution must be paid by the states that seceded? How can newly freed slaves, African-Americans, be incorporated into American society as active participants in the democracy? Will any of these questions be answered? And how is the United States different after the Civil War compared to before?

Study Tools


The slideshows are best if viewed full screen.

The Politics of Reconstruction (12.1)

Reconstructing Society (12.2)

Reconstruction Comes to An End(12.3)

Online Textbook Resources

"The Americans" Textbook

These pages contain the links to the online content for student practice. It includes Chapter Overviews, Web Activities, Self-Check Quizzes, ePuzzles and Games, Vocabulary Flashcards, Charts in Motion (to accompany diagrams in the textbook), and Interactive Graphic Organizers. Free Online Textbook

Each link is to the beginning of a chapter. There are several sections within each chapter; I would like to link to each section, however it becomes too cumbersome for the webpage. Instead, click "Next" on each page to get to the next section of the online textbook.


Link to Quizlet! Vocabulary is the key to understanding any subject. Once you can break down the barrier of language the ideas and concepts are wide open. Here you can find the vocabulary for the unit to practice by using online flash cards and by practicing online generated vocabulary quizzes.


"The Presidents" - Andrew Johnson

Watch the video and answer these multiple choice questions.

"The Presidents" - Ulysses S. Grant

Watch the video and answer these multiple choice questions.

Crash Course American History #22: Reconstruction and 1876

From the publisher
In which John Green teaches you about Reconstruction. After the divisive, destructive Civil War, Abraham Lincoln had a plan to reconcile the country and make it whole again. Then he got shot, Andrew Johnson took over, and the disagreements between Johnson and Congress ensured that Reconstruction would fail. The election of 1876 made the whole thing even more of a mess, and the country called it off, leaving the nation still very divided. John will talk about the gains made by African-Americans in the years after the Civil War, and how they lost those gains almost immediately when Reconstruction stopped. You'll learn about the Freedman's Bureau, the 14th and 15th amendments, and the disastrous election of 1876. John will explore the goals of Reconstruction, the successes and ultimate failure, and why his alma mater Kenyon College is better than Raoul's alma mater NYU.


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