Ch 17: Holt United States History Chapter 17: Reconstruction (1865-1877)

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  • Lincoln's Ten Percent Plan for rebuilding the South
  • The history of the Freedmen's Bureau, Jim Crow laws and Plessy v. Ferguson
  • Radical Republicans and the Redeemers
  • Success and failures of Reconstruction
  • The Reconstruction Acts of 1867 and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Constitutional Amendments
  • President Johnson's actions during Reconstruction, and his impeachment
  • Reconstruction's impact on African Americans and the South

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14 Lessons in Chapter 17: Holt United States History Chapter 17: Reconstruction (1865-1877)
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Lincoln's Ten Percent Plan: Summary & History

1. Lincoln's Ten Percent Plan: Summary & History

President Abraham Lincoln offered a lenient and attractive deal to rebelling Southerners in 1863. Learn how his Ten Percent Plan sought to offer amnesty to those individuals in rebellion, while reestablishing federal control in states that had claimed secession from the Union in this lesson.

President Andrew Johnson: Attempts to Continue Lincoln's Reconstruction Plan

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.

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

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

In this lesson, we will explore the Radical Republicans' plan to reconstruct the South after the Civil War. We will discuss Congress' efforts to extend the Freedmen's Bureau and to pass the Civil Rights and Reconstruction Acts.

Reconstruction Acts of 1867: Definition & History

4. Reconstruction Acts of 1867: Definition & History

This lesson will describe the Reconstruction Acts of 1867, including the historical context in which they were formed, their content and their impact on post-Civil War America.

Reconstruction Period: Goals, Success and Failures

5. 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?

The Reconstruction Amendments: The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments

6. 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.

The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson: Conflict Between President and Congress

7. 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.

Reconstruction in the South: Positive & Negative Effects

8. Reconstruction in the South: Positive & Negative Effects

In this lesson, we'll explore the positive and negative effects of Reconstruction on the people of the South. We'll look at rights and opportunities for African Americans, economic growth, resentment and violence, and the sharecropping system.

Reconstruction's Effects on African Americans: Politics, Education and Economy

9. 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.

The End of Reconstruction and the Election of 1876

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.

The Redeemers: Definition & History

11. The Redeemers: Definition & History

In this lesson, we will explore the reactions of white Southerners to Reconstruction. We will examine their grievances, discuss their sometimes violent backlash, and take a look at their political efforts to regain control of the South.

The Impact of Jim Crow Laws on Education

12. The Impact of Jim Crow Laws on Education

Jim Crow laws held racial minorities back for almost a century. Nowhere was that more obvious than in segregated schools. In this lesson, we'll look at the inequalities of segregated schools and the positive contribution of Rosenwald schools.

Plessy v. Ferguson: Impact & Summary

13. Plessy v. Ferguson: Impact & Summary

This lesson explains the impact of Plessy v. Ferguson, an important Supreme Court decision made in 1896. The Court ruled on the concept of 'separate but equal' and set back civil rights in the United States for decades to come.

Military Reconstruction Act: History & Summary

14. Military Reconstruction Act: History & Summary

There are few times in American history where a lasting hatred of another group of the same culture of people has occurred than during Reconstruction. Learn here about the Military Reconstruction Acts of 1867.

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