The Reconstruction can tend to be a bleh topic for students, despite it being so ridiculously interesting to us history buffs who find the political quarreling of Johnson and the Radicals fascinating. Kick the interest up a notch with this quick run-down of Reconstruction myths vs. the realities.
Myths such as "The Ku Klux Klan was necessary to restore the honor of the South" - HA! In reality they become one the nation's first homegrown terrorist organizations.
An activity to tie in these myths/realities with what students are learning about through class and their textbooks is included.