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Ch 31: Post-American Civil War Reconstruction

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Review post-American Civil War Reconstruction topics with this fun history chapter. Access these lessons and quizzes at any time to improve your history knowledge for exams, assignments or fun.

Post-American Civil War Reconstruction - Chapter Summary

This chapter examines the Reconstruction period following the American Civil War. Inside the chapter, you'll find short and engaging lessons that explain Abraham Lincoln's Reconstruction plan, the period's constitutional amendments and the aftermath of the war. When you're finished with the chapter, you'll be equipped to:

  • Evaluate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and his plans for a reconstructed Union
  • Understand how Andrew Johnson attempted to continue Lincoln's Reconstruction plan
  • Summarize the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments
  • Assess the political, educational and economic effects of the Reconstruction on African Americans
  • Describe post-Civil War life in the South
  • Explain the importance of the Homestead Act, women's suffrage and the Transcontinental Railroad
  • Analyze the end of the Reconstruction and the 1876 presidential election

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7 Lessons in Chapter 31: Post-American Civil War Reconstruction
President Lincoln's Legacy: Plans for a Reconstructed Union

1. President Lincoln's Legacy: Plans for a Reconstructed Union

Before the guns of the American Civil War fell silent, President Abraham Lincoln was making plans for the reconstruction of the South. In this lesson, learn what his plans involved and the controversy surrounding them.

President Andrew Johnson: Attempts to Continue Lincoln's Reconstruction Plan

2. President Andrew Johnson: Attempts to Continue Lincoln's Reconstruction Plan

When President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, the task of Reconstruction fell to President Andrew Johnson. He was soon at odds with many different factions in the nation. While Johnson was not successful in domestic policy, his administration had a few foreign successes.

The Reconstruction Amendments: The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments

3. The Reconstruction Amendments: The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments

Between 1865 and 1870, during the historical era known as Reconstruction, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified to establish political equality for all Americans. Together, they are known as the Reconstruction Amendments.

Reconstruction's Effects on African Americans: Politics, Education and Economy

4. Reconstruction's Effects on African Americans: Politics, Education and Economy

The era in U.S. history known as Reconstruction presented many new opportunities to African Americans, especially in the South. For the first time, freedmen were free to pursue economic independence, education, religion and politics. These pursuits are embodied in the accomplishments of four men: Alonzo Herndon, Booker T. Washington, Jonathan Gibbs and Hiram Revels.

Life in the South After the Civil War

5. Life in the South After the Civil War

Following the Civil War, the era of Reconstruction was a difficult time for Southerners. Their land was destroyed, their political institutions were overrun by outsiders, the economy was in transition and their society was in upheaval. It was in this climate that the Ku Klux Klan was born and the Redeemers sought to reestablish the Old South.

Transcontinental Railroad, Homestead Act and Women's Suffrage

6. Transcontinental Railroad, Homestead Act and Women's Suffrage

In light of slavery and the issues related to it, several consequential events are often overlooked in the mid- to late-1800s: the Homestead Act, completion of the the transcontinental railroad and the push for women's suffrage.

The End of Reconstruction and the Election of 1876

7. The End of Reconstruction and the Election of 1876

Since the end of the Civil War in 1865, Republicans had tried to Reconstruct the South and secure equal rights for African American men. But a series of factors convened to bring Reconstruction to an end in 1877.

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