This Reconstruction lesson has students evaluate Reconstruction from a political, economic, educational, and sociocultural perspective. There are four primary-source based stations that students will analyze--these can be done as a gallery walk or a stations activity, or just given as a packet. Analytical questions are provided for each document set, or students may use a graphic organizer to record information about each document set. Finally, students will write an essay evaluating the extent to which African Americans were free during Reconstruction and if Reconstruction was a success or a failure.
An answer key for the analytical questions is provided.
8/18/17 update:This updated version includes information on poll taxes, literacy tests, and grandfather clauses (brief paragraph) and updated questions and answer sheets. While grandfather clauses were not enacted until the 1890s, when Reconstruction was over, I think it's important for students to be aware of when evaluating the merits and failures of Reconstruction.