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Chapter 16 Podcast by Mr Grande.mp3

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PODCAST: a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device.

 As a group, you will be assigned a chapter.  Together, you will read and take notes on the chapter and come up with an outline for a podcast.  This will be used to help your classmates review for the final exam.  I will upload them to my website so you can listen to/download them at your leisure. 


Grab your homework, quizzes, tests, and other materials you have for your assigned chapter.  Use them and the textbook to pull important information out for your podcast.  Once you have notes, I will check them over to give you the okay to start recording. 


  1. Title.” Say the Chapter name and number, as well as the dates the chapter covers.  For example, “Chapter 16.  Reconstruction and the New South, 1863-1896.”
  2. Summarize.” A brief review of each section. Start with the title of each section, then summarize it in your own words.
  3. Image.” Have listeners go to a page in the textbook and describe the image they will be looking at. For example, “The image on page 561 shows how sharecropping in the South after the Civil War was a Cycle of Poverty for freed slaves.”
  4. Define.” Pick at least three vocabulary words from the chapter and define them in your summary. For example, “African Americans were forced to pay a poll tax, which was a personal tax to be paid before voting.”
  5. People.” Discuss the impact at least two people had on US History from your section. For example, “John Wilkes Booth assassinated the president, which halted efforts at Reconstruction in the South.”
  6. Question.” Come up with at least one essential question for your listeners to answer after the podcast. It should be a “thought” question for people to reflect upon.  For example, “After listening, was Reconstruction successful or did it cause more problems in the South?”
  7. Media.” On my website there are several songs to choose from. Put at least one in your podcast.  Or write your own music to put in!
  8. Quote.” Give a quote from one famous person from your chapter.  This quote CANNOT be from the textbook and should be about a topic from your chapter.  For example, quote Abraham Lincoln as long as he is talking about Reconstruction.   

 Extra Credit:

  1. Quiz.” Write a 5-question quiz that listeners can take after listening to brush up on the topic.
  2. Visuals.” Set your podcast to a slideshow (Powerpoint) with images that listeners can view. ALL IMAGES must be cited. 

You will be graded on the above guidelines.  Be sure your information is accurate! In addition, your audio needs to be clear.  That is, listeners need to be able to hear everything clearly no matter who is talking.  Not everyone in your group has to speak, but you cannot rely on one group member to do the majority of the work.  Make decisions and work together.  The guidelines above are the minimum.  Please add whatever you like (more vocabulary words, more quotes, etc.). If you use any information that is not from the textbook or class notes, you need to give me a citation page showing me which websites or books you used. 


Chapter 16: Reconstruction and the New South.  1863 to 1896.

Section One-Rebuilding the Nation

After the Civil War, the South lay in ruins.  Their government was destroyed as well as their cities and railroads. Confederate money was worthless.  Free labor was gone, as the 4 million slaves were freed.  In trying to come up with plans to fix the South, President Lincoln had a very important task.

President Abraham Lincoln’s 10% Plan to reunite the nation was too lenient on the South.  Lincoln wanted to grant “amnesty,” or a group pardon, to the South.  Congress did not agree. His famous quote about his views on Reconstructing the nation was “With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds.”

Congress’ Wade-Davis Bill was too hard on the South, and a compromise needed to be made. Before that could happen, President Lincoln was assassinated by the scoundrel John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC in April of 1865.  After shooting Lincoln in the back of the head, Booth jumped from the stage and yelled “Sic Semper Tyrannis,” or “Thus always to tyrants,” and fled on horseback.  He was caught and killed in a barn, never to face trial for his crime. 

To help the freed slaves, the Freedmen’s Bureau was established.  It was meant to provide education, relief, help the unemployed, and gave legal help to ex-slaves struggling in the South.  It was underfunded and unappreciated by many members of Congress. 

Section Two-The Battle Over Reconstruction

President Andrew Johnson faced Reconstruction after Lincoln’s death. His plan to reunite the nation was seen as too easy on the South and he was not trusted by many in Congress.  Republicans in Congress pushed through the 13th Amendment which freed the slaves, and the 14th which gave slaves the rights of citizens in the US.  However, neither of these helped solve the problems of the black codes, which were laws used by southern states to control African Americans, such as not allow freed slaves to serve on juries. 

At this time, Radical Republicans took over Reconstruction themselves and were very hard on the South, punishing each state for rebelling against the US government.  Their methods allowed African Americans to run for office and hold important positions in government.  They became sheriffs, mayors, judges, and Hiram Revels and Blanche Bruce became US Senators.

Impeachment charges were brought against President Johnson in 1868.  Impeachment simply means he was brought up on charges for violating the Tenure of Office Act.  He was really impeached because Congress did not think he would enforce laws they were passing over his veto.  He remained in office, saved by the last vote.  When his time in office ran out Ulysses S Grant became President and helped pass the 15th Amendment granting voting rights to African American men in the US. 

Unfortunately this led to the rise of the Ku Klux Klan.  They used terror and intimidation to ensure black men and white republicans would not vote or hold office in the South.  Despite the efforts of Congress to get rid of the KKK, groups like them existed throughout the country to keep freed slaves in check.

Section 3-The End of Reconstruction

As Reconstruction dragged on, many Northerners began to lose interest in it, especially the cost.  Also, President Grant made many appointments to government positions that proved to be poor.  People began to lose faith in Republicans who held office for so long during the Civil War and beyond. 

Southern states began to strip away more rights of freed men and Northern troops were not enforcing laws passed by Congress. With the election of 1876, Republicans and Democrats made a deal to settle the election and end Reconstruction.  President Rutherford B Hayes did not win the popular vote, and there were some electoral votes that were disputed by Congress. They agreed to make him President as long as Reconstruction ended.  He promptly removed all federal troops from the South ending Reconstruction after 11 years.  The map at the bottom of page 559 of the textbook shows how each state voted and which states had disputed electoral votes. 

With the end of Reconstruction came the loss of more and more rights of freed slaves.  More laws were passed to restrict their rights. These laws were enforced mostly around voting.  Black men had to pay a poll tax to vote, and/or had to take a literacy test, which was a test to see if a person can read and write before they are able to vote. These laws, plus the grandfather clause, restricted voting rights.  But worse than that were the new Jim Crow segregation laws passed in the South. 

The Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson upheld the idea that “separate but equal” facilities were okay as long as the white and “colored” facilities were the same.  As you can probably guess, they were never the same. 

Sharecropping became a part of life for poor people in the South.  These were laborers who worked the land of a farmer who owned it in exchange for a share of the value of the crop.  The sharecroppers ended up living in conditions that were often like that of former slaves and were not able to get out of poverty. 

As industry grew in the south the economy began to shift.  Cotton production soared and industries began to pop up to turn agricultural goods in to finished products.  Mills and factories began to litter the landscape of the South and they were no longer dependent on cotton as its only resource.

So, was Reconstruction a success or failure?





Alternative to the Podcast: Review Slides Project for third period, 2017

Review Slides Project.pptx