Reconstruction Essay

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I) You will start your essay with an introduction explaining the definition of Reconstruction and a brief 1-2 sentence highlight of how the South undergone major changes after the Civil War.   II) The first body paragraph will focus on the question of how former slaves in society (the South) were restricted from having rights as prescribed by law. You will answer this question based on your notes and research. Use the following questions to help guide your writing for the first paragraph.       1.   What are two Acts, Plans, or Amendments passed by the North in order to rejoin the South with the North without giving the South too much power? (i.e., Amnesty, Ten-Percent Plan, Wade-Davis, 13th, 14th, 15th)       2.   What was the Freedmen's Bureau and what was the purpose?       3.   What were the Jim Crow Laws?

      4.   What are three examples of Jim Crow Laws restricting poor southerners from voting? What did they mean?

III) The second body paragraph will explain why the Dred Scot Case was a landmark civil rights case.        1.   What was the decision upheld by the supreme court?       2.   What changes were made in the U.S. as a result of the decision?       3.   What event(s) or controversey did the decision lead to? IV) The third body paragraph will explain why the Plessy V Ferguson Case was a landmark civil rights case.        1.   What was the decision upheld by the supreme court?       2.   What changes were made in the U.S. as a result of the decision?       3.   What event(s) or controversey did the decision lead to?   V) The concluding paragraph will explain how the U.S. changed after the Reconstruction period. Include the following information:       1.   What adaptations did the South have to make?       2.   What were two effects on freedmen or ex-slaves?       3.   Do you believe Reconstruction in the U.S. was successful or unsuccessful? Why?...
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