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Following the Civil War, Texas as well as the other Southern states, was faced with many challenges in the aftermath of war. Property damage, loss of wages and workforces sent the Texas agrarian economy into a downturn while the government balanced on the brink of collapse. An influx of migrants in search of land and new life provided a stark contrast to the outlook of the newly freed men and women who were met with lingering injustices and limited opportunities.
- What were the conditions in Texas following the Civil War?
- How did Texans respond to Presidential plans to bring them back into the Union?
- What were some of the key challenges Texas faced following the Civil War and during Reconstruction?
- How had the population of Texas changed after the end of the Civil War?
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This printable hook exercise focuses on the emancipation of the enslaved population of the United States, their past experiences, and their future. Students will analyze a drawing from Harper’s Weekly illustrating Emancipation.
This ready to use slideshow presentation contains essential questions, an outline of events and issues that took place in Texas following the Civil War beginning with the end of the war up to the Constitution of 1866. This presentation includes two primary source documents with guided questions to promote discussion among students.
Students will use guided notes to outline the political, social, and economic effects in Texas after Civil War.
President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
This printable primary source document analysis is a student activity to provide context for the plans for Reconstruction held by President Lincoln, who was then followed by Johnson.
General Gordon Granger’s General Order No. 3
This printable primary source document analysis focuses on Gen. Granger’s announcement in Galveston on June 19th, 1865, proclaiming the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S.
This printable exit ticket provides a formative assessment opportunity at the end of the lesson that addresses the main essential question - What are the political, economic, and social effects of the Civil War?