Part 3 – Legacies of Reconstruction
For this portion of the lesson, you will watch a video (13:04 minutes long), take notes, and answer a couple of thoughtful response questions.
Before taking either of those steps, however, review the following questions:
- According to the historians in this video, what is the relationship between the history of the Reconstruction era and the contemporary United States?
- What were some of the successes of Reconstruction?
- What were some of the limitations to the progress made during this era?
- According to historian Eric Foner, what did W.E.B. Du Bois mean when he described Reconstruction as a “splendid failure”?
- What was the relationship between the Reconstruction era and the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century?
- Why do historians refer to Reconstruction as an “unfinished revolution”?
- According to the historians in this video, how might this history influence the choices we make and the actions we take today?
While viewing the video, Legacies of Reconstruction (13:04 minutes), record NOTES on the above questions to submit as part of this assignment. Label these as Part 3 Notes.
Respond to the following prompts to submit as part of this assignment, labeled as Part 3 Reflection:
Consider the following quotation by William H. Hastie, who became the first African American federal judge in 1937:
Democracy is becoming rather than being. It can easily be lost, but never is fully won. Its essence is eternal struggle.
- What do you think Hastie meant when he said that democracy’s essence is eternal struggle?
- What connections do you make between the history of Reconstruction and Hastie’s quotation? Explain using examples from the history of Reconstruction.
Submit your work
Either type or copy/paste your work into the entry box provided or upload your work as pdf or Word document. Your submission should consist of:
- Part 3 Notes
- Part 3 Reflection