Must be submitted no later than Februaruy 3, 2010
Reconstruction appeared to be a program to aid in the assimilation of the freed blacks into the American social and economic system.
The Radical Republicans in Congress had a different goal.
Read Chapter 16 and write an essay describing the plans of Presidents Lincoln and Johnson and how they differed from the plans of Congress.
Put special emphasis on the impact of the 14th Amendment and what it attempted to reverse.
Do you feel that historians are justified in calling this period the 'darkest' period of American History?
Would you have done anything diffderent?
Reconstruction (U.S. history)
At the end of the American Civil War, most of the factories, farms, and cities in the South had been devastated. In a process known as the Reconstruction, the federal government began to rebuild the war-torn South. The government also sought to restore the relationship of the South with the Union.
Reconstruction (U.S. history), the process of rebuilding that followed the American Civil War (1861-1865). Since the United States had never before experienced civil war, the end of hostilities left Americans to grapple with a set of pressing questions over what to do with the South after the defeat of the Confederacy and the overthrow of slavery. These questions included:
1) What was the relationship between the former Confederate states and the federal Union? What should be demanded of those states before they were regarded as reconstructed?
2) Who was responsible for the Confederate rebellion? Who, if anyone, should be punished for it?
3) What should be the position of the newly-freed slaves? What responsibility did the government have to extend basic rights to them? Which rights?
Shown in this picture are black congressmen from the late 1800s, including the first black person to serve in the United States Senate, Hiram Revels,