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The Brief American Pageant , Sixth Edition
David M. Kennedy, Stanford University
Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University
Thomas A. Bailey
Mel Piehl, Valparaiso University
Suggested Lecture Topics
Chapter 22
Developing The Chapter: Suggested Lecture Or Discussion Topics


  • Analyze in more detail the condition of the South at the end of the Civil War, particularly the economic and social revolution caused by the end of slavery. The focus might be on the great difficulty of working out a new system of racial relations, and on blacks' efforts to make their own way under harsh conditions.

    REFERENCE: Leon Litwack, Been in the Storm So Long (1979).

  • Compare the mild presidential Reconstruction plans of Lincoln and Johnson with the harsher congressional Reconstruction, perhaps emphasizing how Johnson's blunders and severe treatment of blacks in the South handed the radical Republicans their chance.

    REFERENCE: James McPherson, Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction (1982).

  • Explain the actual impact of Reconstruction in the South. Particular consideration might be given to the limitations of the Republican governments and the Freedmen's Bureau, especially in altering fundamental economic and social conditions.

    REFERENCE: Eric Foner, Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 (1988).

  • Examine the impeachment and acquittal of Johnson in relation to the overreaching of the radical Republicans and the declining support for military Reconstruction in the North.

    REFERENCE: Michael Les Benedict, Impeachment and Trial of Andrew Johnson (1973); Hans Trefousse, The Impeachment of a President (1975).



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