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Reconstruction and Black education

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Title:Reconstruction and Black education

Before the Civil War, most southern states made it illegal to educate slaves, but many enslaved people did learn to read and write. During the post-Civil War Reconstruction era, the number of schools and the literacy rate for African Americans increased dramatically. This mini-documentary, produced for the American Experience: "Reconstruction" Web site, follows the development of schools for African Americans as well as the resistance it sparked.

Includes a background essay, discussion questions, and alignments to teaching standards.

Major funding for this project is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Institute.

Grade range: 3-12.

Lesson plans using this resource: Re-Examining Brown.

The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.

Types:Instructional materials | Teaching guides | Resource units | Videorecordings | MovingImage
Subjects:Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969 | Motley, Constance Baker, 1921- | Brownell, Herbert, 1904- | Marshall, Thurgood, 1908-1993 | Faubus, Orval Eugene, 1910-1994 | African Americans--Segregation | African Americans--Civil rights | African Americans--Legal status, laws, etc. | Minorities--Education | Discrimination in education | Segregation in education | United States--Race relations | Equality | Attorneys general | United States. Supreme Court | Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | Southern Manifesto, 1956 | Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) | American Experience (Television program) | United States, Arkansas, Pulaski County, Little Rock, 34.7464809, -92.2895948
Collection:Teachers' Domain Civil Rights Special Collection
Institution:WGBH Educational Foundation
Contributors:Eisenhower (PBS) | Teacher's Domain Civil Rights Special Collection | WGBH Educational Foundation
Rights and Usage:

The Teachers' Domain Civil Rights Collection is a collaborative production of WGBH Education Productions, the WGBH Media Library, and WGBH Interactive, in partnership with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Washington University in St. Louis.

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Forms part of: Teacher's Domain Civil Right Special Collection.

Forms part of: American Experience (PBS Television Series).

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Persistent Link to Item:https://pbslearningmedia.org/resource/osi04.soc.ush.civil.reconstruction/