SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC EQUALITY AFTER THE CIVIL WAR

In addition to learning about the history of people, places, and events of U.S. history since 1865, in this Winter Intersession course, we are also exploring the theme of democracy. As you may already be aware, the history of the United States includes powerful moments when democratic principles and values triumphed—as well as moments when those same values have been challenged and even undermined. Consider the social, political, and economic equality of all Americans in the period following the Civil War. How did African Americans—former slaves and free blacks— fare during Reconstruction? What was the impact on cultural traditions and customs among American Indians, Latinos, and Chinese immigrants in the West? And how did American politics and industry affect working Americans during the Gilded Age? Quote from at least five (5) relevant primary source documents from The American Yawp Reader as evidence in your essay. You may also refer to historical evidence presented in the documentary films “Reconstruction” and “Slavery by Another Name