Facing History and Ourselves has produced a series of freevideos and accompanyinglessons that introduce a rigorous study of the Reconstruction era into American history classrooms. The video series presents interviews with scholars who offer insight into this complex history and address questions of freedom, justice, equality, and citizenship that are at the heart of the Reconstruction era. Facing History has also developed a completeunit with 16 lessons and many primary source documents from the era. The unit, available in print, ebook, and downloadable PDF, guides students through a deep exploration of the Reconstruction era while enhancing their ethical decision making and capacity for emotional growth. Thewriting strategies that supplement the unit will help teachers to guide students through the process of organizing their ideas and crafting a thesis in response to the writing prompts; writing and editing drafts; sharing their essays; and reflecting on the writing process.
Facing History and Ourselves is exploring “What Makes Democracy Work?”in conversations with people whose insights from history, politics, literature, and civic life help us consider what it takes to sustain democracy in our societies today.