Wendy Bergeron

I used the “Reconstructing the South: A Role Play” with my students and they were excited to be able to role play. I was excited that they would get to see Reconstruction from multiple viewpoints. We had gone over the various Reconstruction plans, but this activity allowed them to go beyond the political and experience Reconstruction’s impact on the people living at the time. I followed up the activity by showing the documentary “Slavery By Another Name” by PBS. This film was the perfect way to show the failures of Reconstruction and the long-lasting impact of those failures.