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Reconstruction

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Transcript of Reconstruction

The Civil War Ends -
9 April, 1865 The North Wins - The Union is preserved Reconstruction after the Civil War General Robert E. Lee of the South Surrenders to General Ulyess S. Grant of the North THE AFFECTS OF THE CIVIL WAR ON THE SOUTH Farms destroyed
Cities in ruin
Many faced starvation
Farm animals – killed or gone
Food prices high
Disabled transportation and communications
Economy failing
Confederate currency (money) worthless Reconstruction
Reuniting the nation
Rebuilding the South in absence of slavery Power struggle Who should control Reconstruction
President Lincoln
Republicans in Congress Southern states never legally out of the Union
Still had all the rights of states - Offer southerners AMNESTY
– official pardon
-To receive amnesty
Individuals
Swear an oath of
loyalty to U.S.
Accept ban on slavery
States
10% of state population
needed to make
pledge
Establish new state Southern States Left the Union - Should be Punished Republicans - Wade/Davis Bill

Demanded Loyalty Oath
If willingly served in Confederacy could not participate in new state governments
Barred anyone who served or fought for Confederacy Concerns of Republicans
Still slaves in border states
Emancipation Proclamation only freed slaves in Confederate states
Still slaves in some Northern Parts 31 January, 1865 14 April, 1865 Andrew Johnson States' Right 17th President Reconstruction Plan
Similar to Lincoln’s
Gave amnesty to southerners who made pledge
Returned all property – except slaves – to southerners
Wealthy southerners and Confederate official
- No amnesty without a Presidential pardon
A special plan for setting up state governments Appointed a temporary governor to each state Voters elect state officials and representatives to U.S. Congress Declare secession was illegal and refuse to pay Confederate debts Had to adopt 13th Amendment Main concern – freedmen – former slave
Helped blacks set up farms on abandoned land
Drew up work contracts between black workers and white landowners
Set up schools and courts for blacks New state legislatures began to pass new laws called BLACK CODES Laws that greatly limit the freedom of blacks
Usually to help white southerners economically – power Under the NEW BLACK CODES -Blacks could not
Vote
Testify against whites in court
Serve on juries
Own a gun
Hold a public meeting
Rent property in cities
Blacks could only hold certain jobs – usually in agriculture
Blacks who did not have job – assigned to whites
Not much different life from when slaves Congress moved to protect blacks
Civil Rights Act of 1866
Protected blacks through courts rather than through army
Blacks made citizens
Illegal to treat person different because of color
President Johnson vetoed the bill
It went against states’ rights
Congress over rode his veto Radicals in Congress feared supreme Court overturn Civil Rights Act

Made Act into constitutional amendment 14th Amendment Stated
All persons born in U.S. – except Indians – were citizens
No state could take away life, liberty, property without due process
Every citizen entitled to equal protection of laws
Any state preventing adult males to vote would lose representation in Congress
Opposition
The southern states felt citizenship should be decided by states
President Johnson agreed
Ratified by states in 1868 AMENDMENT XIV

Passed by Congress June 13, 1866. Ratified July 9, 1868. THE RECONSTRUCTION ACTS,1867 South divided into five military districts
Each district headed by general backed by soldiers
Generals to see states held constitutional conventions
Delegates chosen by ALL male voters
Confederate leaders not allowed to vote or hold office Quiz #1
Who won the Civil War?
What does Reconstruction mean?
The power struggle between Lincoln and the Republicans was over what?
Lincoln felt the southern states never legally left the Union, so they still had rights of states; and the Republicans felt the South left the Union and should be punished. With which side you agree? Explain why.
What was the Freedmen's Bureau and what did they do?
How do you predict Lincoln's assassination will affect Reconstruction? Explain. Election of 1866
Radical Republicans Win 2/3 of both Chambers
Johnson has limited power Quiz #2
What were Jim Crow Laws?
What rights does the 14th Amendment give to people?
Why was the Reconstruction Act of 1867 needed?
Explain the plight of the freed blacks in the Post-War South.
Why did southern whites oppose Reconstruction?
Who were "scalawags" and "carpetbaggers"?
Why were "secret societies" formed, their purpose, and their strategies? Quiz #3
What did the 15th Amendment say?
Why was the 15th Amendment important?
What were some of the ways southern states prevented the fulfillment of the 15th Amendment?
Explain Plessy v Ferguson.
How did the decision in Plessy affect the U.S. ? Quiz #4
Why is the Voting Act of 1965 important?
Explain the parallels of the 1860's and early 1960's.
Is the United States still struggling with the issues of the Reconstruction Era? Explain.
Why is it important to study history? Explain by giving specific examples and details. Thanks for your time!!!
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