Two important skills practiced by historians are an ability to (a) closely read texts and (b) make sense of new information within the context of existing knowledge. Our task today will help you develop these skills.
For this activity, you may use Foner and your Course Reader but may not consult any other sources or use your computer.
Interpret. Work in small teams of 3-4 students. First, read each of the 8 cards provided to your group to identify what is being said. Then, if possible, jot down any information you might be able to determine on the card about the author or title of the document.
Categorize. Using knowledge drawn from Foner and our previous class discussions, categorize the 8 cards provided: which cards were drawn from the period of Presidential Reconstruction (1865-1866)? Which from the initial phase of Congressional Reconstruction (Late 1866-1870)?
Discuss. Beginning in your small groups, consider the following questions: