Reconstruction Assignment

You are a Senator from Maryland in 1870. You represent a district of mixed urban/industrial and rural/agricultural activities. A bill has been introduced providing for the confiscation of plantation land owned by former confederate lands and the redistribution of that land to the former slaves who once worked it.

In a paper of five pages, double spaced, explain how you would vote.

We have placed a large number of documents from the time on-line. You should use this material as the basis for your paper. This guide to using historical materials will help explain how to use the documents.

A good paper will acknowledge, and quote from, positions it disagrees with.

Begin with this brief outline of Reconstruction, drawn from class lectures. 



Robert B. Elliot addresses the South Carolina State Legislature.