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.

Adopted: 2015


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?


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


Abraham Lincoln

 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

Frederick Douglass

 Fought for adoption of constitutional amendments that guaranteed voting rights

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


Updated: Jul 02, 2019