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Ch 46: America's Reconstruction After the Civil War

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Refresh your understanding of the turbulent times that followed the Civil War by reviewing this lesson focused on American Reconstruction. You will look over the leadership and politics during this time and what life was like for the people.

America's Reconstruction After the Civil War - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our instructors discuss the events that occurred in America during Reconstruction after the Civil War. You will learn about the different presidents who were involved during this period and the role each played in reconstruction. The lasting effects of Reconstruction on disenfranchised groups will be discussed as well as the various legal landmarks that occurred. Altogether, these lessons delineate Reconstruction, detailing Lincoln's plans, what actually occurred, and its conclusion. Specific topics focused on include:

  • Presidencies of Andrew Johnson & Ulysses S. Grant
  • Reconstruction's effects on African Americans
  • Lincoln's plans for a reconstructed union
  • The struggle between settlers and Native Americans
  • Election of 1876
  • Post Civil War life in the South

We use concise, engaging lessons to provide an efficient learning method. The lessons have full transcripts that can be printed and used to make notes to ensure your success on assessments. Success on these quizzes means that you have retained the important information from the lesson. The self-assessments may be taken until you are satisfied with your learning.

8 Lessons in Chapter 46: America's Reconstruction After the Civil War
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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.

The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson: Conflict Between President and Congress

2. 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.

President Ulysses S. Grant: Election, Successes and Corruption

3. 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.

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 Indian Wars: Struggle Between Native Americans and Settlers

7. 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.

The End of Reconstruction and the Election of 1876

8. 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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