Social Studies - 2017-18

USII.3c - Major Figures During Reconstruction

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the effects of Reconstruction on American life by

c)  describing the legacies of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Frederick Douglass.

Blooms Level: Remember

Adopted: 2008


Big Themes/Concepts: Individual, Leadership, Reconciliation, Values & Beliefs

Reuniting the country and granting equal rights for former slaves was the main focus of many different political, military, and social leaders. 


The actions of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Frederick Douglass created lasting impacts.

What were the lasting impacts of the actions of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Frederick Douglass?


Abraham Lincoln

·  Reconstruction plan calling for reconciliation

·  Preservation of the Union was more important than punishing the South

Robert E. Lee

·  Urged Southerners to reconcile with Northerners at the end of the war and reunite as Americans when some wanted to continue to fight

·  Became president of Washington College, which is now known as Washington and Lee University

Frederick Douglass

·  Fought for adoption of constitutional amendments that guaranteed voting rights

·  Was a powerful voice for human rights and civil liberties for all


Reconstruction, Civil Rights Act of 1866, Freedmen's Bureau, carpetbaggers, 13th amendment, slavery, territories, 14th amendment, citizenship, 15th amendment, Jim Crow laws, legacy, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Frederick Douglass, reconciliation, Union, constitutional amendment, civil liberties, discrimination, racial segregation, Booker T. Washington, vocational education, W.E.B DuBois, 

Updated: Aug 17, 2017