Two heroic presidents and a racist, drunken leader. The birth of the KKK, whom President Grant sends in the military to crush. 12 African-American U.S. Representatives and 2 African-American Senators. Freed slaves starting businesses, going to school, and farming--only to be terrorized by terrorists.
An incredible era--forgotten by the American public, but for American history teachers, these dozen years are written in fire.
Make them unforgettable for your students.
* * * I believe before students care about trends and random facts, they must first be captivated by amazing stories and extreme characters. We must hook them emotionally before we can appeal to their reason. So, when I write Study Guides and their keys, I think in terms of plot and character. And I look at several sources. * * *