Social Studies - 2019-20
USII.3c - Legacies of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Frederick Douglass
The student will apply social science skills to understand the effects of Reconstruction on American life by
c) describing the legacies of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Frederick Douglass.
Following the U.S. Civil War, the United States entered a period of Reconstruction. Federal policies revolving around economic and political reform resulted in expansion of the economy, as well as an expansion of constitutional rights. However, those rights were undermined, and issues of inequality continued for African Americans, women, Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and Chinese immigrants.
Is there one American experience?
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
The actions of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Frederick Douglass created lasting impacts.
Issued Reconstruction plan calling for reconciliation
Believed 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
Fought for adoption of constitutional amendments that guaranteed voting rights
Was a powerful voice for human rights and civil liberties for all