Reconstructing a Nation

This unit provides a backdrop for the social, political, and economic changes that accompanied the reconstruction amendments. A 30-minute video explains the events leading to reconstruction, and introduces three individuals who played different roles — an African-American U.S. Senator, a college educated former plantation mistress, and a former Union Army officer who went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad. All dealt with upheaval and opportunity during this tumultuous period.

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