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Teaching Reconstruction era amendments and their legacy

Reconstruction era amendments and their legacy

Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, making the end of slavery one of the Union’s goals. But that left many questions. How would slavery end? What would happen to newly emancipated African Americans? What rights would they have—and how would those rights be protected? During the Reconstruction era, three amendments were added to the Constitution to try to answer these questions.

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United States Senate

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

Were the 13th, 14th, or 15th amendments successes or failures?
STANDARDS:
RH.1 - Meaning & Evidence, RH.2 - Main Ideas

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,4
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