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Grade 8 Humanities: Week of 12/11/2017 Deconstructing Reconstruction


Dear Families,

Reconstruction was one of the most problematic and controversial eras in American history. Historians generally recognize that it started at the end of The Civil War and ended in 1877, when Rutherford B. Hayes ordered federal troops to  leave the south. Reconstruction continues to be relevant today as its central issues remain unresolved: the federal government’s role in the protection of the rights of citizens and the promise of economic and racial justice.

Although the dominant intellectual currents of the day may have shown little interest in the plight of formerly enslaved people, African Americans, themselves, became active agents in shaping Reconstruction.

Activist and educator Booker T. Washington hailed from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery and became the leading voice of the former slaves and their descendants. Washington believed there was beauty and dignity in even the most menial of tasks if one approached those tasks with enthusiasm, dedication and commitment.


Ms. Sacilotto


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“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” — Frederick Douglass