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Warm up


  • What is a stereotype?

13 th 14 th and 15 th amendments

13th, 14th and 15th Amendments!

Question of the day

Question of the Day

  • What was life like for African Americans during Reconstruction? Was it better or worse than slavery?

What is an amendment

What is an Amendment?

  • Something that is added to our Constitution (which lays out everything the government can and cannot do in the US)

What is a social impact

What is a Social Impact?

  • Effect of an activity on the social fabric (interactions between people) of the community and well being of the individuals and families.

What is a political impact

What is a Political Impact?

  • The effect of an activity on the political situation of a community

13 th amendment

13th Amendment

15 th amendment

15th Amendment

Paper debate

Paper Debate

  • Write your name on a piece of paper

  • Answer the following question on your paper:

  • Which amendment do you think is the most important? Why?

  • Make sure you say why!

  • Crumple it up and throw it into the box.

Paper debate1

Paper Debate

  • Pick a ball of paper out of the box.

  • Read the opinion and reply to the opinion using accountable talk (i.e. I think…. I believe… I agree because… I disagree because….)

  • Write your name above your response

  • 3 rounds

Life of african americans after reconstruction

Life of African Americans after Reconstruction

  • Sharecropping- the system of farming in which former slaves worked on land they did not own in exchange for part of their crops

  • Tenant Farming- a system in which a person worked on land they did not own in exchange for paying the owner money or crops

Problem 1 lack of land

Problem #1: Lack of Land

  • It was difficult for slaves to own land in the South due to continued mistreatment by whites

  • Former slaves did not have the money to buy land

  • Without their own land, they could not produce crops, which they would then sell for money

Attempted solution 1 tenant farming

Attempted Solution #1: Tenant Farming

Tenant Farming is…

  • When a person (freed slave or poor white) would work a piece of land that they didn’t own

  • Planters would divide their land into small plots and rent them to freed slaves and poor whites

  • Rent could be paid in either money or crops. This was bad because the tenant (person renting the land) had to pay in crops. If there was nothing left after the rent was paid, the tenant would not make any money

Attempted solution 2 share cropping

Attempted Solution #2: Share-Cropping

  • This was a form of tenant farming

  • Black and white landless farmers tried to earn money in order to buy land.

  • They rented land, grew crops, and the would sell them.

  • Rent on the land was paid in crops. They would SHARE the CROPS with the person who owned the land.

Problem 2 rights for slaves

Problem #2: Rights for Slaves

  • Obviously, former slaves were not treated fairly in society.

  • They were still denied basic rights due to racism and other factors in society.

  • There needed to be some way that they could get things like: education, medical care, jobs, and other basic necessities.

Attempted solution 2 the freedmen s bureau

Attempted Solution #2: The Freedmen’s Bureau

  • This was a government agency set up to help freed slaves “get on their feet”

  • It provided things like medical care, food, shelter, and education

  • It still did not address the lack of farm land, but it did become a place where former slaves could go if they needed help adjusting to their new role in society

Plessy v ferguson

Plessy V. Ferguson

  • Court case from 1892 that said “separate but equal” is allowed.



Last thoughts

Last Thoughts

  • Plessy v. Ferguson allowed “Separate but Equal”

  • This allows segregation in all public places.

  • This is true until the case of Brown v. Board of Education

Segregation separation of different racial groups

Segregation - separation of different racial groups

Reason 2 jim crow laws

Reason # 2: Jim Crow Laws

Jim crow laws were soon passed across the south kept public places segregated

Jim Crow Laws were soon passed across the South; kept public places segregated

The american south was a dangerous place for black americans at this time

The American South was a dangerous place for Black Americans at this time

Lynchings were crimes carried out by racist white mobs usually a hanging

Lynchings were crimes carried out by racist white mobs; usually a hanging

Although free blacks living in the south were oppressed by a corrupt and racist system

Although free, blacks living in the south were oppressed by a corrupt and racist system

Black Sharecroppers - made only enough to survive

White brutal authority ran the South

Even as blacks made strides in north jim crow laws kept blacks and whites segregated

Even as Blacks made strides in North, Jim Crow Laws kept Blacks and Whites segregated

How do you think african americans responded

How do you think African Americans Responded?

Booker t washington

Booker T. Washington

  • Believed African Americans should work together with Whites

  • Wanted African Americans to slowly adjust to lifestyles similar to the whites

  • Valued job education

W e b dubois

W.E.B. DuBois

  • Believed a liberal arts education could help African Americans out of their situation

  • Believed liberal arts were more important than job training



Exit slip

Exit Slip

No Notes

No Talking

Was life for African Americans better during Reconstruction than as slaves? Why or why not? Answer this question in 1 paragraph



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