Competing Paths of Struggle: African American Resistance to White Oppression, 1863-1896

byKyle Beckham
This unit deals with African American history during Reconstruction. Using a model of oppression and resistance, it explores the wide array of obstacles African Americans faced, and the specific strategies of resistance that they used, to challenge those obstacles. Though it covers a very short time period, this unit should provide students with a firm understanding of historical agency, American legal structure and history as well as a new set of vocabulary and analytical frameworks that they can apply the examination of other groups. Ideally it will challenge them to look at the struggles of African Americans in a new light, one that will empower them to examine and change their own communities.

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