American History Iby Matthew Caggia

Unit 1B: Reconstruction

Chapter 1

Now that the Civil War is over, the battle for civil and equal rights begins. The backdrop is the rebuilding of the nation: economicaly, politically, and socially. The events that take place here will impact the development of the United States for generations, even through today. Will they get it right? Will we ever?

Study Tools


The slideshows are best if viewed full screen.

Plans for Reconstruction

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.


Khan Academy - The Civil War

If you are not familiar with Khan Academy, you should be! It is a GREAT resource for ALL subjects. They have videos and activities to supplement what your teacher is doing in class. Below is a playlist of the videos from Khan Academy regarding the Civil War. It is a good resource to get some more information or to help you study what we covered in class.

Hip Hughes - The Emancipation Proclamation

Ok, let me start by saying, I love this guy! I wish I could do the green screen stuff like him (and had the time to do it!) His style keeps you listening and watching. Here he debunks the myth of the Emancipation Proclamation - Abraham Lincoln frees the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation.

America: The Story of Us - The Civil War

From the History Channel video, this segment documents the Civil War in the context of part of the American Identity. It demonstrates new technologies of war and their catastrophic effects. It will also chronicle some of the important events, such as Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" and Sherman's March. Use the Video Guide as you watch to get the main points of each segment. Complete each topic as well as the crossword puzzle on the second page.

The Presidents: Abraham Lincoln

Watch the video and answer these multiple choice questions.

Crash Course American History #19: Battles of the Civil War

Warning: Not much content here, pretty much just a list of some of the battles of the Civil War.

Crash Course American History #20: The Civil War, part 1

From the Publisher
In which John Green ACTUALLY teaches about the Civil War. In part one of our two part look at the US Civil War, John looks into the causes of the war, and the motivations of the individuals who went to war. The overarching causes and the individual motivations were not always the same, you see. John also looks into why the North won, and whether that outcome was inevitable. The North's industrial and population advantages are examined, as are the problems of the Confederacy, including its need to build a nation at the same time it was fighting a war. As usual, John doesn't get much into the actual battle by battle breakdown. He does talk a little about the overarching strategy that won the war, and Grant's plan to just overwhelm the South with numbers. Grant took a lot of losses in the latter days of the war, but in the end, it did lead to the surrender of the South.

Crash Course American History #21: The Civil War, part 2

From the Publisher
In which John Green teaches you how the Civil War played a large part in making the United States the country that it is today. He covers some of the key ways in which Abraham Lincoln influenced the outcome of the war, and how the lack of foreign intervention also helped the Union win the war. John also covers the technology that made the Civil War different than previous wars. New weapons helped to influence the outcomes of battles, but photography influenced how the public at large perceived the war. In addition, John gets into the long term effects of the war, including the federalization and unification of the United States. All this plus homesteading, land grant universities, railroads, federal currency, and taxes. Check out the US National Archives Flickr. They have an awesome collection of Matthew Brady Civil War photography here.


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