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SS4H6 Analyze the effects of Reconstruction on American life.

a. Describe the purpose of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.

b. Explain the work of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (Freedmen’s Bureau).

c. Explain how slavery was replaced by sharecropping and how freed African Americans or Blacks were prevented from exercising their newly won rights.

d. Describe the effects of Jim Crow laws and practices.

Reconstruction Vocabulary Words:

13th Amendment

14th Amendment

15th Amendment

Freedmen’s Bureau


Jim Crow Laws

Civil Rights






Questions about Reconstruction (pages 140-144):

  1. Why might Southerners be upset by Lincoln’s death?
  2. Why was the 13th amendment to the Constitution ratified?
  3. What rights are provided by the 14th amendment?
  4. What is the 15th amendment?




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