Amnesty Act of 1872: Summary & Explanation


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What was the first attempt at granting partial amnesty to secessionists in 1863 called?

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1. The program that attempted to grant amnesty to wealthy secessionists was called which of the following?

2. The clause that officially stripped secessionists of their voting rights and ability to hold a political office was added to which amendment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How did the nation begin to make plans to reintegrate southern states back into the Union during the Civil War, and how did these policies change once the war was over? These are the topics addressed in the quiz/worksheet combo that will help you assess your understanding of these political and social changes.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The name of the first attempt to grant partial amnesty to secessionists in 1863
  • The name of the program that would have granted amnesty only to wealthy secessionists
  • The name of the clause that took away voting rights and the ability to hold a political office from secessionists
  • Which president passed the Amnesty Act of 1872
  • What the Amnesty Act of 1872 accomplished

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding early attempts at amnesty prior to the passing of the Amnesty Act of 1872
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the restoration of southern states following the Civil War in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the results of the Amnesty Act of 1872

Additional Learning

To learn more about the development and aftereffects of this Act, review the accompanying lesson called Amnesty Act of 1872: Summary, Lesson & Quiz. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss early suggestions and policies addressing amnesty for secessionists late in the Civil War
  • Describe post-Civil War amnesty policies and laws
  • Explain how the Amnesty Act became law in 1872 and what the law addressed
  • Provide a brief explanation of what happened following the passage of the Act