Praise for other titles by Judy Dodge Cummings:
The Underground Railroad Navigate the Journey from Slavery to Freedom
Lower Columbia Review Group (LCRG) STARRED REVIEW
". . .Though the subject matter is very specific, The Underground Railroad: Navigate the Journey from Slavery to Freedom is an excellent text to have."
School Library Connections
". . . This book is an excellent resource for helping students understand the troubling times prior to the Civil War and could serve as a resource for an entire unit of study. Highly Recommended."
The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence
Readers can take a hands-on approach to learning about the American Revolution in this addition to the Build It Yourself series. Each chapter begins with an “essential question” that serves as an entry point (“What factors caused American colonists to begin to resent British rule in the 1760s?”). At the end of each chapter, readers are invited to compose a thesis statement in response to the opening question. Sidebars supplement the material with vocabulary definitions, trivia, and additional information about such figures as Thomas Paine, Benedict Arnold, and Phillis Wheatley. Cartoon illustrations and 25 activities (such as preparing “firecake,” the simple bread that soldiers ate on the battlefield) create a lively learning experience, though the instructional tone makes the book an unlikely candidate for casual reading.
Detailed Book Description
How does a country rebuild the infrastructure, government, and economy of a huge region while taking steps to resolve the status of 4 million newly freed slaves?
In Reconstruction: The Rebuilding of the United States After the Civil War, middle schoolers examine the era from 1865 to 1877, a time when the United States wrestled with questions that still plague the country today: Who should get access to citizenship and voting rights? How should the power of the federal government be balanced against the rights of the states? What is the proper government response to white supremacy? Essential questions guide readers’ investigations while hands-on activities promote critical and creative problem solving, and text-to-world connections highlight the way the past provides context for the present-day world.
Try these critical thinking activities!
- Renegotiate your sharecropping contract
- Dismantle the single-story stereotype
- Design a monument to memorialize Reconstruction
- Map 40 acres and a mule
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Past Informs the Present
Rehearsals for Reconstruction
Struggle for Power
Moment in the Sun
High Crimes and Misdemeanors
The End of Reconstruction
The Legacies of Reconstruction