Breaking Barriers: Reconstruction
This collection brings together EDSITEment and Smithsonian resources to support the initial research into a project for National History Day 2020, "Breaking Barriers in History."
These resources - including photographs, objects, portraits, lesson plans, and articles - explore the efforts of individuals and groups to overcome racial, economic, and political barriers during the era immediately following the Civil War known as Reconstruction. Resources highlight influential individuals, the intentional and unintentional consequences of actions and policies that resulted in the construction of new barriers for some, and competing perspectives over the best path forward toward reuniting the United States after the Civil War. The second tile of this collection contains questions to help with the analysis of photograph, document, artwork, portrait, and object resources.
By no means is this collection comprehensive; instead, it provides a launching point for further research.
This collection was created in collaboration with Tess Porter, Digital Content Producer at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access.
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