A history of the american civil war and the reconstruction period

The moderates in Congress wanted virtually all of them to vote, but the Radicals resisted. In England, the son of the Duke of Wellington, whose father had vanquished Napoleon, greeted Grant as a military genius, the primary architect of Union victory in the American Civil War.

Reconstruction era

The various meanings imparted to it offer a useful way of outlining why the Civil War was so pivotal in our own history. Even in untouched areas, the lack of maintenance and repair, the absence of new equipment, the heavy over-use, and the deliberate relocation of equipment by the Confederates from remote areas to the war zone ensured the system would be ruined at war's end.

They were also alarmed by Southern adoption of Black Codes that sought to maintain white supremacy. Library of Congress, Washington, D. Overall, however, the nadir was a disaster, certainly for black people and arguably for whites as well. Although these measures were positive steps toward racial equality, their enforcement proved extremely difficult.

A large number became laundresses. Moderates said this could be easily accomplished as soon as Confederate armies surrendered and the Southern states repealed secession and accepted the 13th Amendment — most of which happened by December Stevens and his followers viewed secession as having left the states in a status like new territories.

But conflict continued in the arena of historical interpretation and public memory. Leaders who had been Whigs were committed to economic modernization, built around railroads, factories, banks and cities.

Radical Republicans demanded a prompt and strong federal response to protect freed-people and curb southern racism. By the s, Reconstruction had officially provided freedmen with equal rights under the constitution, and blacks were voting and taking political office. Andrew Johnson, as Lincoln's successor, proposed a very lenient policy toward the South.

In every state, African Americans formed the overwhelming majority of Southern Republican voters. They wanted to punish the South, and to prevent the ruling class from continuing in power.

Thaddeus Stevens of Pennsylvania and Sen. Radical Republicans demanded a prompt and strong federal response to protect freed-people and curb southern racism. Andrew Johnson, photographed by Mathew Brady. Most of the violence was carried out by members of the Ku Klux Klan KKKa secretive terrorist organization closely allied with the southern Democratic Party.

In exchange for certification of his election, he acknowledged Democratic control of the entire South.In this homeschool history course, students dig into the period of American history from the War of through Reconstruction. This course looks 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.

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 after the Civil War, -was called the Reconstruction period.

Abraham Lincoln started planning for the reconstruction of the South during the Civil War as Union soldiers occupied huge areas of the South. He wanted to bring the Nation back together as quickly as possible and in. 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 era

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.

Reconstruction refers to the period following the Civil War of rebuilding the United States. It was a time of great pain and endless questions. On what terms would the Confederacy be allowed back into the Union?

Who would establish the terms, Congress or .

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