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Perspectives on Reconstruction

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US History Age Level High School (16 to 18 years old)

Included in this collection are pieces that can be used to foster inquiry in how Reconstruction affected different groups in the South.  It also contains a lesson using one piece, Taking the Oath: and Drawing Rations along with an example of a loyalty oath from Florida for students to dive deeper into analyzing art and putting themselves into the shoes of someone living in the South during Reconstruction. 

This lesson was made for 11th Grade American History students, but can be modified for other age groups.

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Taking the Oath: and Drawing Rations, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Plate 18. Ruins of Norfolk Navy Yard

National Museum of American History

Surrender of a Confederate Soldier

Smithsonian American Art Museum

A Visit from the Old Mistress

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Employment of Negroes in Agriculture

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Lesson Concept

Rachel Sherman