“America’s Post-Civil War Growing Pains

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Jessica Workman

HIST 105

America’s Post-Civil War Growing Pains

Through time, things have changed dramatically. This includes politics, religion, relationships, how we communicate and much more. 1865-1900 were many years where our country had huge downfalls as well as many sky high growths. Upon completion of this paper, many points will be expressed as to why things were good and also bad at times. Getting a clear idea of what actually happened can possibly help to keep future endeavors from happening. This paper will cover major historical turning points in the years 1865-1900 as well as the impact of those major historical turning points on America’s current society, economy, politics, and culture. I will describe ways the Reconstruction period may have resulted if President Lincoln had not been assassinated. I will then discuss how urbanization and industrialization had an effect on the life of the average working American during the years 1865-1900. Lastly, I will discuss how federal courts, state courts, and legislatures passed laws that served to discriminate against non-white citizens and immigrants  Identify at least (2) two major historical turning points in the period under discussion.

Death of Lincoln in 1865.
Abraham Lincoln’s death altered the course of the country’s rebuilding process after the Civil War. President Andrew Johnson was most certainly not popular and could not persuade Congress, particularly the southerners, to go along with him once he became the new President. Lincoln’s greatest plan was to build up the South and end all of the hate. Lincoln ordered reprieve and that the south be rebuilt. He also pardoned, with a few exclusions, any southerner who swore allegiance to the United States Constitution and the Union. Part of Abraham Lincoln’s plan was to let the Confederate states back into the Legislature, but it was not working very well. Unfortunately, we will never know how that idea would have worked out...
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