Reconstruction: The Battle Between the Branches

Lesson Plan

What happens when the branches of government don’t see eye to eye? After the Civil War, the federal government’s vision for Reconstruction led to a political battle between the legislative and executive branches over how to rebuild the country. In this lesson, students learn how Congress and the president clashed over the issue of civil rights for Freed People and how both branches used their powers and checks to try and undermine each other.


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