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- Describe President Lincoln's plans for the restoration of the South.
- Learn how Andrew Johnson attempted to continue Lincoln's Reconstruction plan.
- Explain the reasons for Andrew Johnson's impeachment.
- Discuss the successes and corruption of Ulysses S. Grant.
- Take a look at the Reconstruction Amendments.
- Understand how Reconstruction affected African Americans.
- Describe what life was like in the South following the Civil War.
- Discuss new opportunities for Americans, such as the Transcontinental Railroad and women's suffrage.
- Learn about the Indian Wars.
- Explain how the election of 1876 brought an end to Reconstruction.
- Take a look at the successes and failures of Reconstruction.
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.
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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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.
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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
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.
11. 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?
12. Civil Rights Act of 1875: Summary & History
The last landmark civil rights legislation of the 19th century was the Civil Rights Act of 1875. Learn what the controversial legislation attempted to protect and how it was eventually eliminated due to its unconstitutionality.
13. Radical Republicans During Reconstruction: Definition & Explanation
Learn about the Radical Republicans during the Reconstruction Era. Develop an understanding of their role in the quest to rebuild the nation after the Civil War and test your knowledge with a short quiz.
14. Reconstruction Finance Corporation: Definition & Effects
In the depths of the Great Depression of the early 1930s, President Herbert Hoover created the Reconstruction Finance Corporation to restore business confidence. Learn about the effects of the program, and test your knowledge with a quiz.
15. Redeemers in Reconstruction: History & Explanation
The Redeemers played a significant role in the Reconstruction Era. Learn about the composition of the group, their philosophy, and the legacy they had in restoring antebellum values to the South.
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