How did Congress approach Reconstruction after the Civil War?
What was the Reconstruction Period?
After the end of the civil war, the nation was in political shambles. Eleven Southern states had seceded from the union, and many of the Republicans in the Northern states didn't want them back in until they accepted the newly freed black slaves as political and legal equals. Many moderates felt this was too much to ask so soon and that it would hurt the efforts of reunification. Eventually, Congress came up with a compromise plan for the re-admittance of the Southern states.
Answer and Explanation:
Congress passed a bill called the Reconstruction Acts of 1867. Under this plan, the Southern states would have to earn their way back into the union...
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from Supplemental History: Study AidChapter 1 / Lesson 10