I used the Reconstructing the South lesson in our inaugural African-American US History class. Many students had heard of slavery, but not the reconstruction era. Having them tell the story and negotiate rights during the role play was the beginning of changing their interpretation of black history from a deficit mindset to one of advocacy!
“I can’t believe I never learned about this.” -J.L.
“It’s empowering to know that my people WERE working for change, even back then, even with all the bad things that had happened to them. It makes me think we’re stronger than we’re given credit for.” -J.A.