Today we talked about reconciling fights. We analyzed the problems that the North and South would face with reconstruction, came up with questions that needed to be answered, and predicted how the death of Abraham Lincoln would derail the process. Then we talked about the 13th and 14th amendments, saw Andrew Johnson attempt to implement a plan, and discussed the radical Congress and its effort to implement massive change to the South.
Your homework tonight is to read Slavery Did Not Die Honestly in preparation for a discussion of the following questions:
How was the Civil War “both the cause and product of revolutions”? Was the Civil War a revolution in its own right?
Was Southern society broken?
What groups were involved in Reconstruction?
How did the Civil War change the definition of human rights?
What is the author’s message? Why does he bring in modern politics?
What is the significance of the following quote:
“Racism-like the constitutional persuasions sometimes practiced, wittingly or not, to defend it- never dies honestly. History is never so easy”