The Civil War and Reconstruction period saw the United States government, for the first time, take an active role in trying to reverse the stain of slavery and racism and provide civil equality for freedmen and their descendants. The most enduring legacy of this period are the three Constitutional Amendments: the 13th, abolishing slavery; the 14th, guaranteeing citizenship and equal protection of laws to African-Americans; and the 15th, guaranteeing the right to vote for African-American men.
This activity engages students in deciphering and analyzing these three Amendments. Once analyzed, students can then discuss their relevance to social and legal concerns in the country today.
*excerpts of the three amendments on an easy to use worksheet;
*an answer guide to the worksheet
Materials are provided in one zip file.
This activity is part of a complete and comprehensive unit
on the Civil War and Reconstruction.
I’ve used this activity with my 8th grade class for years, and it never fails to engage and interest students.
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