Lesson details


Social Studies


Civil War and Reconstruction


Effects of Reconstruction on Southern States

Removal of Reconstruction Protections

Recommended Technology: 

No technology needed, but software can be used to create flowcharts.

Other instructional materials or notes: 

Copy of: SC Black Codes
Copy of: U.S. Constitution

  • Art. 1 Sec. 2  Clause 3
  • Amendment 13
  • Amendment 14
  • Amendment 15

SC Black Codes: A Lesson on Reconstruction Legislation and Amendments

1-2 hours
Lesson type: 
Traditional Lesson
Lesson overview: 

This lesson is one component of a unit on Reconstruction, which would be preceded by a separate unit on the Civil War.  Preceding lessons in this unit should address the political, economic, and social results of the Civil War in the summer of 1865; Andrew Johnson’s plan for Presidential Reconstruction; and the tensions between Johnson and Congress over the composition of the new southern state governments.  Succeeding lessons in this unit should address the imposition of martial law, the pervasive corruption associated with the military occupation governments, the use of African-American occupation troops, the rise of the KKK, sharecropping, the Compromise of 1877, the white restoration governments, and the overall results of Reconstruction.

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