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A House Divided: Reconstruction

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Social Studies Age Level Middle School (13 to 15 years old)

Political leaders and parties in the tense time after the Civil War proposed various plans for Reconstruction. By observing artwork of this period, students will learn how these plans affected the South (and North) and relationships between people of different races and geographic regions.

You will find guiding questions included in the additional text section of each artwork.

Three Plans For Reconstruction

Shantelle Jones-Williams

Lee Surrendering to Grant at Appomattox

Smithsonian American Art Museum

A Visit from the Old Mistress

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Taking the Oath and Drawing Rations

Smithsonian American Art Museum

A House Divided: Reconstruction Education Guide

Smithsonian American Art Museum