Unit 6: The American Civil War and Reconstruction - An Overview

Robert E. Lee
Robert E. Lee

"A true man of honor feels humbled himself when he cannot help humbling others." - Gen. Robert E.Lee

Enduring Vision textbook:
Chapter 15: Crucible of Freedom: Civil War, 1861-1865
Chapter 16: The Crises of Reconstruction, 1865-1877

U.S. History Question of the Day Registration

Question of the Day Document (will be updated as frequently as possible):

Anaconda Plan
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Interactive Map that focuses on comparative advantages for North and South (teachingamericanhistory.org)

Useful Interactive Map of the entire war from McGraw-Hill

A Good Ole Rebel (from Ms. Pojer)
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*Timeline Assignment*
Follow the directions from the Word document below. Finished assignments are due by (insert due date here). Students may link their work directly to this site (on the discussion board) or turn in a hard copy.

-->New York Times 150th Anniversary Timeline Activity Guidelines: external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document.png APUSH%20civil%20war%20timeline[1].docx
-->A sample assignment: external image msword.png APUSH civil war timeline, sample.doc
-->The New York Times Interactive Timeline which contains links to articles written during the Civil War (needed for assignment).

Internet Activities Work:
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--> Follow the directions in the word document above and use links below to complete the assignment.


The Civil War - Quiz 1
The Civil War - Quiz 2
Reconstruction Quiz 1
Reconstruction Quiz 2
Reconstruction Quiz - Matching
ACE Practice Tests (Enduring Vision Chapters 15 & 16)

Learning Tools and Test Help:

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about Titus Andronicus

10 Commandments of Good Historical Writing
-->From historyteacher.net
  1. “I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white race and black races.”

How can this 1858 statement of Abraham Lincoln be reconciled with his 1862 Emancipation Proclamation? (1988)

2. Evaluate the impact of the Civil War on political and economic developments in TWO of the following regions.

The South
The North
The West (2003)


Reconstruction and the New South
-->AP American History Unit Topics, Terms, and Focus Questions

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War-Revolution
-->by Safari Montage (remember to choose Upper Perk as the High School and login)
The End of Reconstruction
youtube link
-->podcast #3 by David Blight
Study Guide for podcast -->

American Experience: A Sharecropping Contract | PBS
-->Poor, illiterate and intimidated by widespread violence after the Civil War, many former slaves agreed to sharecropping contracts, such as this one, that were designed to keep them poor.

Maps and Simulations:

Civil War Simulation
Cool Animated map of the Battle of Fredericksburg
Jeopardy Labs - A game on Reconstruction and the New South

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When William Seward visited [Alaska, in 1869], he promised to return with gifts, and this pole was erected in his honor. When he failed to make good on his promise, the ears and mouth were painted red as a sign of stinginess. (Click picture for more information on the totem pole).