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Ch 47: Reconstruction and the Gilded Age in America

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Let us help boost your knowledge of American Reconstruction and the Gilded Age from the years 1865 to 1877. These lessons and quizzes can be used as a flexible, mobile way to prepare for an upcoming test or homework assignment.

Reconstruction and the Gilded Age in America - Chapter Summary

Our instructors identify the goals, successes and failures of Reconstruction and the Gilded Age in America. You will be introduced to the Constitutional amendments that came about during this period. The westward expansion of the U.S. will be described, including the frontier thesis and The Homestead Act of 1862.

Your study continues with the impact and historical significance of the expansion of the Transcontinental Railroad. The conflict and conquest of the Native American population in the U.S. is also presented. After you have completed this chapter, you should know how to:

  • List the goals and successes of Reconstruction
  • Identify which Constitutional Amendments were written during this period
  • Explain The Homestead Act of 1862
  • Describe the impact of the Transcontinental Railroad expansion
  • Detail the assimilation of Native Americans during this time

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Reconstruction Period: Goals, Success and Failures

1. 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

2. 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.

Westward Expansion: The Homestead Act of 1862 & the Frontier Thesis

3. Westward Expansion: The Homestead Act of 1862 & the Frontier Thesis

Between the mid-1800s and the turn of the 20th century, the American frontier opened and closed abruptly. What factors influenced this land rush, and how did it help shape American history?

Expanding the Transcontinental Railroad: History and Impact

4. Expanding the Transcontinental Railroad: History and Impact

After decades of wrangling, plans were finalized for construction of a transcontinental railroad during the Civil War. After completion in 1869, the railroad changed many aspects of American life, for better or worse.

Native Americans: Conflict, Conquest and Assimilation During the Gilded Age

5. Native Americans: Conflict, Conquest and Assimilation During the Gilded Age

In the second half of the 19th century, the federal government attempted to control Native American nations. This led to violent conflicts known together as the Indian Wars. Learn about famous battles, and the attempt to 'civilize' tribes through various policies.

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