This Convention is to consider four questions that you have carefully researched using primary sources from Harper’s Weekly and our secondary source selection from Eric Foner.
We will break up our time into three 12-14 minute sessions that will examine questions #1, #2&3, and #4. Students will have an option of choosing from one of the pre-prepared positions or propose their own resolution if none of the items seem acceptable. During discussion, you should present arguments consistent with your bio and supported by the evidence you have collected.
Question #1: Under what conditions should the South be allowed back into the Union? Who in the former Confederate States of America should be pardoned?
Questions #2&3: What political rights should Free Blacks and Freedmen acquire? What social and economic rights should Free Blacks and Freedmen acquire?
Question #4: Should Reconstruction be implemented on a national or state level? Why does this distinction matter?