Race & Labor During Reconstruction

This lesson plan is designed to explore conflict over Black labor during the Reconstruction Era. Convict leasing programs allowed southern states to legally circumvent the Thirteenth Amendment, and these programs demonstrate that although chattel slavery was eliminated, emancipation was not immediate or universal.

Lesson Plan

Grade 9

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Jerid P. Woods (also known as Akili Nzuri) is a writer, Higher Ed. Tech. Leader, and Ph.D. candidate finishing his dissertation in the University of Southern Mississippi’s Higher Education Ph.D. program. He holds an M.A. in Teaching and taught Language Arts for six years at Hattiesburg High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He has worked for the technology education company Galvanize, Inc. since June 2022.