Reconstruction Political Cartoon
Deadline: Monday, September 17, 2012 by 08:00
We begin the semester after the American Civil War that lasted from 1861 to 1865 over the issue of slavery and the South's secession (or withdrawl) from the United States. The South formed what was then called the Confederate States of America or the Confederacy.
In 1865, the Confederates surrendered and slavery was abolished everywhere in the nation. The United States, as we will see in Chapter 17, will have a difficult job trying to rebuild a fragmented country economically and socially. This period of rebuilding the nation is known as Reconstruction.
Look at the political cartoon from the Reconstruction Era and answer the questions in the comment box below:
- 1. Who do the three people symbolize in American history?
- 2. Why does the man in the river refuse help from the man holding onto the tree?
- 3. What does the man in the river mean when he says: "This is a white man's government"?
- 4. The man on the shore with a suit is actually a president during the Reconstruction Era. Who is it?
- 5. Looking at the whole picture, what do you think is the main message behind this political cartoon?
MAIN OBJECTIVE: Along with the questions to answer above, I will also be paying special attention to punctuation in your blog post. Don't forget your commas and periods when you read your writing OUT LOUD.