This is a series of primary source readings and worksheets on the Reconstruction era after the Civil War. The primary source readings have 6-15 questions which are a combination of reading comprehension and DBQs.
Each of the worksheets and primary source readings can be used as homework assignments, sub plans, or for in-class work and discussion.
Primary source readings:
Ex Parte Vallandigham: Speech by Clement Vallandigham, Lincoln letter to Erastus Corning, Supreme Court opinion on Ex Parte Vallandigham
Ex Parte Milligan: Case summary of Ex Parte Milligan based on American Bar Association summary
Mississippi's "Black Codes": Text of the infamous "Black Codes" of Mississippi, including the Vagrancy and Apprentice laws, with a track-back to the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights (The best reading/worksheet I've ever created)
14th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1866: Testimony by Thomas Conway on Black Codes in Louisiana, congressional speeches on the 14th Amendment/Civil Rights Act by Rep. Andrew Rogers of New Jersey (against) and Burton Cook of Illinois (for), Text of 14th Amendment, partial text of Reconstruction Act of 1867, Text of New Jersey's repeal of ratification of 14th Amendment.
Plessy and Yick Wo: Partial transcripts of Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court decision, Plessy dissent by John Harlan, Supreme Court opinion on Yick Wo v. Hopkins.
Posse Comitatus Law: President Grant's letter to Congress Jan. 13, 1875, text of Posse Comitatus law
The Civil War at Home: Civil Rights During Reconstruction with unit vocabulary list
Note: These readings along with more than 70 others are included in my book “Primary Source American History,” along with two mock trials, a mock congress and several dozen projects review worksheets. If you like this (or the free readings on my store), consider getting the complete set.