While Reconstruction is arguably the least well known and most misunderstood era in U.S. History, the Reconstruction Amendments are among the most important for understanding our government, politics, and law. The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments were intended to profoundly reshape the Constitution so much so that many scholars refer to their provisions as part of the “Second Founding.”
For the sesquicentennial of the Reconstruction era, we offer the best online resources for teaching the origins of these amendments, their evolving interpretation by the courts, and the continuing controversies they give rise to, within the overall constitutional system.Below is a sample of the rich and varied collection of free digital materials available to AP U.S. History and Government teachers from the Civics Renewal Network.
American Bar Association
Reconstructing a Nation video