Social Studies - 2018-19
USII.3a - Reconstruction Amendments
The student will apply social science skills to understand the effects of Reconstruction on American life by
a) analyzing the impact of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States and how they changed the meaning of citizenship;
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States address the issues of slavery and guarantee equal protection under the law for all citizens.
Basic provisions of the amendments
The 13th Amendment bans slavery in the United States and all of its territories.
The 14th Amendment grants citizenship to all persons born in the United States and guarantees them equal protection under the law.
The 15th Amendment ensures all citizens the right to vote regardless of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
Although these three amendments guarantee equal protection under the law for all citizens, American Indians and women did not receive the full benefits of citizenship until later.