Critical Reading Exercises

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“War’s Aftermath” (pp. 715–721)

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Enter Notes: for this section of the exercise, simply note important points.
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Summarize the passage in your own words.
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Answer the following questions related to the reading:
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What were the political and economic effects of the exit of the South’s planter elite from the United States Congress?
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What was the condition of the cash crop economy (cotton, tobacco, sugar) in the war’s aftermath?
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“Battle over Political Reconstruction” (pp. 721–723)

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Summarize the passage in your own words.
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Answer the following questions related to the reading:
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Why was Lincoln’s plan for Reconstruction considered moderate when compared to the congressional plans?
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What did southern legislatures hope to accomplish by implementing “black codes”?
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“The Reconstructed South” (pp. 734–743)

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Enter Notes: for this section of the exercise, simply note important points.
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Summarize the passage in your own words.
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Answer the following questions related to the reading:
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What is “sharecropping” and in what ways did it keep former slaves vulnerable to the desires of white landowners?
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Why was education so important to the black communities that developed across the South in the aftermath of the Civil War?

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