This lesson is part of Facing History’s work on the Reconstruction era, and part of a series of video-based web lessons. Use this lesson towards the beginning of a Reconstruction unit and engage students in a discussion about the meaning of freedom and how freedpeople sought to define freedom after Emancipation. In addition to the suggestions below, see Lesson 3 in The Reconstruction Era & the Fragility of Democracy for more resources and background information about the ways that freedpeople and the federal government sought to define the meaning of freedom after Emancipation.
Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Activity