A history of the american civil war and the reconstruction period

Lincoln formally began Reconstruction in late with his Ten percent planwhich went into operation in several states but which Radical Republicans opposed. Suffrage[ edit ] Monument in honor of the Grand Army of the Republic, organized after the war Congress had to consider how to restore to full status and representation within the Union those southern states that had declared their independence from the United States and had withdrawn their representation.

He experimented by giving land to blacks in South Carolina. Increasingly, the new Southern governments looked to Washington, D. In exchange for certification of his election, he acknowledged Democratic control of the entire South.

The Chicago Race Riot of erupted into mob violence for several days. Lincoln proposed giving the vote to "the very intelligent, and especially those who have fought gallantly in our ranks. This was followed by a period which white Southerners labeled "Redemption", during which white-dominated state legislatures enacted Jim Crow laws and, beginning indisenfranchised most blacks and many poor whites through a combination of constitutional amendments and electoral laws.

Under such conditions, even the most ambitious and talented black people found it extremely difficult to advance.

Reconstruction era

Apart from the requirement that they abolish slavery, repudiate secession, and abrogate the Confederate debt, these governments were granted a free hand in managing their affairs.

But the economic policies of the Union forged a long-lasting alliance between the Republican Party, the national state, and the emerging class of industrial capitalists.

They moved to impeach Johnson because of his constant attempts to thwart Radical Reconstruction measures, by using the Tenure of Office Act. The Fourteenth Amendment prohibited states from depriving any male citizen of equal protection under the law, regardless of race.

Thaddeus Stevens of Pennsylvania and Sen.

Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Who would establish the terms, Congress or the President? A large number became laundresses. Reconstruction provided the opportunity for African Americans to solidify their family ties and to create independent religious institutions, which became centres of community life that survived long after Reconstruction ended.

A quote from Woodrow Wilson used in "Birth of a Nation". Congress decided it had the primary authority to decide how Reconstruction should proceed, because the Constitution stated the United States had to guarantee each state a republican form of government.

Passage of the 13th14thand 15th Amendments is the constitutional legacy of Reconstruction. Inwith military success elusive, Radical Republicans in Congress and abolitionists clamoring for action against slavery, and slaves by the thousands fleeing the plantations wherever the Union Army appeared, Lincoln concluded that his initial policy of fighting a war solely to preserve the Union had to change.

The Reconstruction Acts of divided the South into five military districts and outlined how new governments, based on manhood suffrage without regard to race, were to be established.

The bill required voters to take the " ironclad oath ", swearing they had never supported the Confederacy or been one of its soldiers. Although these measures were positive steps toward racial equality, their enforcement proved extremely difficult.

Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Others worked in hotels. The NAACP was established inand by the group won a few important anti-discrimination lawsuits. It had to conquer an area as large as western Europe, while the Confederacy, like the American patriots during the War of Independence, could lose battle after battle and still win the war, if their opponents tired of the conflict.

White supremacist organizations that committed terrorist acts, such as the Ku Klux Klantargeted local Republican leaders for beatings or assassination.

The Senate, by a single vote, failed to convict him, but his power to hinder radical reform was diminished. In the s and s the terms "radical" and "conservative" had distinctive meanings.

The rate of damage in smaller towns was much lower—only 45 courthouses were burned out of a total of Later, the Fifteenth Amendment barred the states from making race a qualification for voting. The Fifteenth Amendment granted the right to vote to African-American males.

Many Southern whites could not accept the idea that former slaves could not only vote but hold office. Depiction of the secret societies that terrorized African Americans during Reconstruction. A new system of labor, politics, and race relations would have to replace the shattered institution of slavery.

Reconstruction provided the opportunity for African Americans to solidify their family ties and to create independent religious institutions, which became centres of community life that survived long after Reconstruction ended.

By having four million freedmen counted as full citizens, the South would gain additional seats in Congress. What was the citizenship and suffrage status of freedmen?

Central to Reconstruction was the effort of former slaves to breathe full meaning into their newly acquired freedom, and to claim their rights as citizens. The rifle produced the appalling casualty statistics of Civil War battles. The Civil War is sometimes called the first modern war, although what constitutes "modernity" in warfare is a matter of debate.

As Northern Republicans became more conservativeReconstruction came to symbolize a misguided attempt to uplift the lower classes of society. In there were riots in several major cities, resulting in the Red Summer.Reconstruction, one of the most turbulent and controversial eras in American history, began during the Civil War and ended in It witnessed America's first experiment in interracial democracy.

The period of Presidential Reconstruction lasted from to Andrew Johnson, as Lincoln's successor, proposed a very lenient policy toward the South. Andrew Johnson, as Lincoln's successor, proposed a very lenient policy toward the South. Reconstruction, in U.S.

history, the period (–77) that followed the American Civil War and during which attempts were made to redress the inequities of slavery and its political, social, and economic legacy and to solve the problems arising from the readmission to the Union of the 11 states that had seceded at or before the outbreak of war.

Eric Foner, the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, is the author of numerous books on the Civil War and Reconstruction.

His most recent book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (), has received the Pulitzer, Bancroft, and Lincoln Prizes. In this course, students will dig into the period of American history from the War of through Reconstruction, looking at the nation’s expansion west, the causes and effects of the Mexican-American War, the causes and effects of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the continued push west and its impact on Native Americans.

According to historian Rayford Logan, the nadir of American race relations was the period in the history of the Southern United States from the end of Reconstruction in through the early 20th century, when racism in the country was worse than in any other period after the American Civil War.

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