Reconstruction Chapter 15

Reconstruction Chapter 15 - History 110 Chapter 15...

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Reconstruction: High Hopes and Broken Dreams, 1865 - 1877 The Reconstruction era was a controversial time that took place after the Civil War between 1865 and 1877.  The conclusion of the Civil War and the emancipation of nearly four million slaves caused the states in the  South to accept drastic changes towards their way of life. During this time, political, social, and economic  changes had to be made in order for the southern states to be restored and brought back into the Union.  Although the Reconstruction of the South didn’t go according to plan, it was not a complete failure.  President Lincoln’s dream of abolishing slavery was brought to life by the ratification of the Thirteenth  Amendment, which ended slavery in all of the United States. After Lincoln’s assassination, Johnson took over  as president. Johnson was a southern democrat that did not support the confederacy, yet he was committed to  state’s rights. On the other hand, Johnson did not support the Radical republicans, who were advocates of a  complete makeover for the south. In 1865, a program called the Freedmen’s Bureau was created to help the  newly freed people get a good start on their new life, such as aid in finding jobs and housing. Black churches  and school were opened and became a staple in African American lives. Not long after the slaves were freed,  they were quickly bound to new laws called the black codes, which restricted their freedom. Not only were they  being oppressed by laws, hate groups, like the Ku Klux Klan, started to emerge and terrorize the freedmen.  Many northerners drew back their support for Johnson and some moderates agreed that the freed people need 
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Reconstruction Chapter 15 - History 110 Chapter 15...

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