Reconstruction

Reconstruction, the era immediately following the Civil War and emancipation, is full of stories that help us see the possibility of a future defined by racial equity. Though often overlooked in classrooms across the country, Reconstruction was a period where the impossible suddenly became possible. The following are lessons, books, and films for teaching outside the textbook about the Reconstruction Era.

Ellen's Broom

Ellen’s Broom

Picture book. By Kelly Starling Lyons. 32 pages. 2012. Story about a young girl during Reconstruction whose parents are finally able to have a legal marriage while honoring a family wedding tradition.
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