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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the Reconstruction Era for a standard American history course. Topics covered include:
- President Johnson's attempts to continue President Lincoln's plans for reconstruction
- Life and culture in Southern America after the Civil War
- Effects of Westward expansion
- Tensions between Native Americans and settlers
- The goals, successes and shortcomings of the Reconstruction Era
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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?
5. Elisha Otis: Biography, Inventions & Quotes
This lesson explores the life and inventions of American engineer Elisha Otis, known for his innovative contributions to safety and automation. We will learn about his invention of the safety elevator and founding of the Union Elevator Company.
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