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Ch 12: Prentice Hall US History Chapter 12: The Reconstruction Era (1865-1877)

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The Reconstruction Era (1865-1877) chapter of this Prentice Hall US History Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with the Reconstruction period. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Reconstruction Era textbook chapter.

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  • The Ten Percent Plan and Radical Republican plan
  • President Andrew Johnson and his impeachment
  • The Reconstruction Amendments
  • Reconstruction in the South and impact on African Americans
  • The Redeemers
  • The end of the era and the 1876 election

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10 Lessons in Chapter 12: Prentice Hall US History Chapter 12: The Reconstruction Era (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.

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

2. 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.

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

3. 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 Impeachment of Andrew Johnson: Conflict Between President and Congress

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

Reconstruction in the South: Positive & Negative Effects

7. 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 Period: Goals, Success and Failures

8. 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 Redeemers: Definition & History

9. 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 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.

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