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04.04 Political Reconstruction Some historians have called the Civil War and Reconstruction period a “Second American Revolution.” Support, modify, or refute this interpretation, providing specific evidence to justify your answer. It is reasonable for historians to call the Civil War and Reconstruction period a “Second American Revolution” because there are significant similarities. These similarities include gained freedom, new laws and powers, and the way the nation was perceived. In the first American Revolution, the colonist wanted freedom and independence from the British and decided to fight for it. The colonist gained political freedom when America won the Revolutionary War in 1783. African Americans felt the same way the colonist did back in 1765. The Civil War was fought to give Blacks their freedom from slavery. After the North won slavery was put to an end, and all African Americans were free.

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