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- Lincoln's Reconstruction plans
- The role of President Johnson in Reconstruction
- The post-war South
- Reconstruction amendments
- History of the Ku Klux Klan
- Effects of Reconstruction on African Americans
- Goals and outcomes of the Reconstruction period
- 1876 election and the end of Reconstruction
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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. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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?
7. 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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Other chapters within the Glencoe The American Journey: Online Textbook Help course
- The American Journey Chapter 1: The First Americans
- The American Journey Chapter 2: Exploring the Americas
- The American Journey Chapter 3: Colonial America
- The American Journey Chapter 4: Growth of the 13 Colonies
- The American Journey Chapter 5: The Spirit of Independence
- The American Journey Chapter 6: The American Revolution
- The American Journey Chapter 7: A More Perfect Union
- The American Journey Chapter 8: The Federalist Era
- The American Journey Chapter 9: The Jefferson Era
- The American Journey Chapter 10: Growth & Expansion
- The American Journey Chapter 11: The Jackson Era
- The American Journey Chapter 12: Manifest Destiny
- The American Journey Chapter 13: North & South
- The American Journey Chapter 14: The Age of Reform
- The American Journey Chapter 15: Toward Civil War
- The American Journey Chapter 16: The Civil War
- The American Journey Chapter 18: Opening the West
- The American Journey Chapter 19: The Industrial Age
- The American Journey Chapter 20: An Urban Society
- The American Journey Chapter 21: The Progressive Era
- The American Journey Chapter 22: Rise to World Power
- The American Journey Chapter 23: World War I
- The American Journey Chapter 24: The Jazz Age
- The American Journey Chapter 25: The Depression & the New Deal
- The American Journey Chapter 26: America & World War II
- The American Journey Chapter 27: The Cold War Era
- The American Journey Chapter 28: The Civil Rights Era
- The American Journey Chapter 29: The Vietnam Era
- The American Journey Chapter 30: America in the 1970s
- The American Journey Chapter 31: New Challenges