US History

Reconstruction and Freedom

Reconstruction and Freedom (8.11.3, 11.1.4) IQ: What did African Americans need after the Civil War to be truly free? How did they define freedom? How free is free?

 

This lesson comes fairly early in the 8th grade unit on Reconstruction and asks students to analyze several primary documents in order to understand how formerly enslaved persons defined freedom and what they wanted out of that freedom.