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This robust primary source text set will engage your students as they explore the Reconstruction era of US History through the speeches, photos, political cartoons, letters, and artwork of the time. Through a careful study of these documents, students will build their own understanding of the progress made toward racial equity in the years after the Civil War, as well as the backlash against those fighting for black rights and representation.
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With this primary source set, your middle school (grades 6, 7, and 8) students can explore these historical tensions through an exploration of primary sources. All documents in this file are adapted and excerpted to support for middle school or lower high school readers. This text set can be used as the foundation for debate, argument essay, persuasive writing, historical analysis, document-based questions (DBQs), and whole-class or small-group discussion.
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