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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a Reconstruction unit of a standard high school U.S. history course. Topics covered include:
- President Lincoln's plans for a reconstructed Union
- President Johnson's attempts to continue Reconstruction
- The impeachment of Johnson by Congress
- President Ulysses S. Grant's election and corruption
- The 13th, 14th and 15th amendments
- Reconstruction's effects on African Americans
- Life in the South after the Civil War
- Impacts of the transcontinental railroad and the Homestead Act
- The push for women's suffrage
- Struggles between Native Americans and settlers
- The end of Reconstruction and the election of 1876
- Reconstruction's successes and failures
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.
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.
3. The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson: Conflict Between President and Congress
Congressional Reconstruction, guided by Radical Republicans, aggressively pursued political equality for African Americans as defined by several pieces of legislation and the 14th Amendment. Conflict between Congress and President Andrew Johnson escalated until he was impeached.
4. President Ulysses S. Grant: Election, Successes and Corruption
Ulysses S. Grant, the Union hero of the Civil War, was elected in 1868, the last U.S. president to have been a slave owner. Despite his popularity, the nation faced social, economic and political difficulties, and his administration was shrouded in corruption.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. The Indian Wars: Struggle Between Native Americans and Settlers
As America expanded into the West, whites often encroached on Indian land and resources. Many Native Americans defended their territory, leading to a series of conflicts known as the Indian Wars.
10. 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.
11. Reconstruction Period: Goals, Success and Failures
Reconstruction of the South following the American Civil War lasted from 1865-1877 under three presidents. It wasn't welcomed by Southerners, and there were many problems throughout this process. But, was it successful?
12. Exodusters: Definition & Explanation
In this lesson, we discuss the migration of thousands of African Americans from the Southern states to the Plains after the Civil War. Learn more about why these Exodusters left the South and how they tried to start new lives.
13. Tuskegee Institute: Founder & History
This lesson discusses the history of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Learn more about Tuskegee's transformation from a one-room schoolhouse to a thriving university, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
14. Wade-Davis Bill of 1864: Definition & Summary
The Wade-Davis Bill of 1864 represented the legislative policies that Radical Republicans attempted to enact during the early stages of Reconstruction. Learn what measures the bill attempted to adopt as well as its ultimate demise.
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