Unit 1 Discussion Response


The discussion responses you submit for each Discussion Post should all follow the same format and style. These should be 250-350 words, and are meant to be written in a “blog style,” as opposed to more formal writing. The intention behind this is to map the process of learning and analyzing history–therefore it should have a tone of personal reflection in addition to analysis. Reflect on the content you’ve learned in this unit. Then, consider your position/experience and how you relate to this material (yes–you can use first-person). Though there is an overall informal tone to these posts, your answers should employ critical thinking (as opposed to regurgitating material) and effectively apply reading and media sources from the unit’s module within your overall analysis. Include several specifics from course material, offering really simplistic citations in parentheses such as: (name of textbook chapter), (name of primary source), (name of historian video).


In this class, one of our main objectives is to understand the present as a product of history–in the case of this lecture, the foundations and evolutions of systemic racism in American society. The passage of the Reconstruction Amendments following the Civil War promised new freedoms and opportunities to African Americans. However, those amendments, as well as the progress of African Americans in the early phases of Reconstruction, were systematically circumvented and dismantled. Drawing on this unit’s material, write a 250-350 word post considering the below questions in your response.


Why were the specific freedoms granted by the three Reconstruction Amendments especially significant? What protections against discrimination do they not cover? (Hint: think about what grants citizens positions of power/success in this country.)

What are several examples of how these freedoms were subverted in the Jim Crow system in the South?

How did African Americans respond to and resist these oppressions?

What is the significance of confronting this historical narrative today–BOTH oppressive measures and resistance measures?


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