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Coastal Heritage Curriculum Connection

Explore Curriculum Connection guides, which are written to accompany each issue of Coastal Heritage, a quarterly publication of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

Coastal Heritage, Winter 2017 issue: Trailblazers of the Reconstruction Era

Focus Questions

  • Describe the Reconstruction Era. When did this historic period take place, and what were the major outcomes?
  • Who were the “trailblazers” featured in this issue of Coastal Heritage?
  • Compare and contrast two of the trailblazers. What contributions did they make for society?

Use the Curriculum Connection to address these South Carolina Science Standards and Performance Indicators

3-4.6 Summarize the positive and negative effects of Reconstruction in South Carolina, including the development of public education; the establishment of sharecropping; racial advancements and tensions; and the attempts to rebuild towns, factories, and farms.

5-1.3 Explain the purpose and motivations of subversive groups during Reconstruction and their rise to power after the withdrawal of federal troops from the South.

5-1.4 Compare the political, economic, and social effects of Reconstruction on different populations in the South and in other regions of the United States.

8.5.1 Analyze the development of Reconstruction policy and its impact in South Carolina, including the presidential and the congressional reconstruction plans, the role of black codes, and the Freedmen’s Bureau.

8-5.2 Describe the economic impact of Reconstruction on South Carolinians in each of the various social classes.

8-5.3 Summarize the successes and failures of Reconstruction in South Carolina, including the creation of political, educational, and social opportunities for African Americans; the rise of discriminatory groups; and the withdrawal of federal protection.

USHC-3.3 Analyze the effects of Reconstruction on the southern states and on the role of the federal government, including the impact of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments on opportunities for African Americans.

USHC-3.4 Summarize the end of Reconstruction, including the role of anti–African American factions and competing national interests in undermining support for Reconstruction; the impact of the removal of federal protection for freedmen; and the impact of Jim Crow laws and voter restrictions on African American rights in the post-Reconstruction era.

Lesson Links and Educational Resources

A Teacher’s Guide to African American Historic Places in South Carolina

Access this comprehensive social studies teacher manual developed by the South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation . The guide highlights the historical markers in South Carolina related to African American history, and provides lesson plans for students.

Reconstruction-Era Heros

This issue of Coastal Heritage issue features several notable people during the Reconstruction Era in South Carolina. Research an additional person who positively contributed to the Reconstruction Era in South Carolina.

Field Trip Opportunities

Visit any of these historical locations to learn more about the Reconstruction Era and other periods of African American history: