We do not often share information about a PD opportunity that would cost you money, but I thought that perhaps this might be of interest and use, especially since it can be connected to Florida’s civics and history benchmarks in multiple grades. TeachingAmericanHistory.org, one of my own favorite sites for resources, is hosting a series of webinars on the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. The 13th Amendment one was done recently, but the 14th and 15th Amendments webinars are later this month. From our friends at TeachingAmericanHistory.org:

TAH.org and NCSS have partnered to provide a series of three webinars concerning the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments and the change in the Constitution that they represented and did not represent. We will seek to understand these amendments within the Constitution’s basic structure to see how they fix problems endemic to the Constitution, while also understanding these amendments in their immediate context as vehicles to bring peace and protection for freedmen at the end of the Civil War. We will look at the layers of context and the immediate effects of these amendments-and also why they failed to secure their goals in the years immediately following the Civil War.

Even though you may have missed the first webinar this past Tuesday there’s still time to register for the remaining two installments now.

  • Tuesday, July 14: Completing the Constitution with the 14th Amendment
    This webinar focuses on how states would be re-integrated into the Union in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War and the powers Congress assumed in that extraordinary time. The 13th Amendment abolished slavery in all states of the Union, holding states to consistent standards for free labor and giving enforcement of this provision to the national Congress. Yet problems arose about the unequal treatment of freedmen after the war ended, giving rise to the need for a more radical limit on state power if the Union’s goals in the Civil War were to be accomplished.
  • Tuesday, July 21: The 15th Amendment and the Failure of Reconstruction
    Reconstruction presents a dual-edged dilemma, as Republicans tried to re-integrate the Southerners back into the Union while providing protection for freedmen. The easier the terms of re-integration for the Southerners, the more difficult it would be to secure rights for the freedmen. The formula Republicans hit upon was to secure freedmen through the vote, so that they could, in effect, protect themselves. This strategy, adopted by the Grant Administration, required a huge effort on behalf of the Union army and law enforcement and was ultimately abandoned as requiring too much of an abridgment on Southern self-government.
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm ET / 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm PT
Presenter: Scott Yenor, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Political Science, Boise State University, Idaho; partner faculty member, Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, Ashland University, Ohio.

Please keep in mind that THIS DOES COST MONEY! NCSS members can attend the webinar for sixty dollars, while non-members may attend for 150 dollars. If you have any questions, please contact Jeremy Gypton, Teacher Programs Manager, at jgypton@tah.org