The Radical Republican Plan for Reconstruction: The Reconstruction Acts & Civil Rights Act


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What was the fundamental difference between President Johnson and Congress during Reconstruction?

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1. Which organization provided food, medical care, education, legal assistance, and land to former slaves?

2. Why did Congress need to pass the Second Reconstruction Act?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

After the Civil War, many Northerners were incensed by President Johnson's leniency toward the South. As a result, Radical Republicans gained control of Congress and began taking steps to ensure equal rights for all citizens. This quiz and worksheet combination will check your understanding of this Reconstruction period, focusing on Acts and amendments that were passed to achieve this goal.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students will be tested in the following:

  • Andrew Johnson's attitude toward Reconstruction
  • Influential organizations and important Congressional Acts
  • Constitutional amendments
  • African Americans' rights

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet provide practice with the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Radical Republicans' plan for Reconstruction
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the different organizations and Constitutional amendments and how they assisted former slaves
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Congressional Acts passed to protect the rights of all citizens

Additional Learning

Read the lesson called The Radical Republican Plan for Reconstruction: The Reconstruction Acts & Civil Rights Act to learn more about this topic. The lesson, together with this quiz and worksheet, contains the following objectives:

  • Discuss stipulations required of Confederate states to be allowed to rejoin the Union
  • Explain result of Congress passing the Second Reconstruction Act
  • Examine the effects of a resurgence of Southern Democrats in the mid-1870's