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Stella lindsey

Stella Lindsey

U.S. HISTORY 202, 1865-Present Reconstruction: Reuniting a Divided Nation

Reconstruction 1863 1877 rebuilding a nation

Reconstruction: 1863-1877Rebuilding a Nation

  • What is going on in Washington?

  • What is going on in the South?

Civil war and reconstruction raised major questions

Civil War and Reconstruction raised major questions:

  • Who is an American?

  • What does freedom mean?

  • What form should government take? (States’ rights vs. federal power)

  • How do you reunite a divided nation and who will take charge of the process?

Why did this nation go to war in 1861

Why did this nation go to war in 1861?

  • Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

    Two Reasons….

    1. Constitutional Liberty (Contract


    2. Human Equality

  • In other words…..

    1. States have no right to leave the


    2. Slavery must be abolished

Reconstruction begins in 1863 lincoln s 10 plan

Reconstruction begins in 1863Lincoln’s 10% Plan

  • Very lenient on the South

  • Southern states had to abolish slavery

  • 10% had to take an oath of loyalty to the U.S.

  • Some blacks would be allowed to vote

  • Three states said YES! (AR, LA, TN)

  • (Lenient, Presidential, quick)

Radical republicans wade davis bill 1864

Radical Republicans: Wade-Davis Bill, 1864

  • Wanted to punish the South

  • South had to abolish slavery

  • 50% had to take loyalty oath

  • States had to Deal with war debts

  • Confederate soldiers would not be allowed to vote

1861 1865


  • 1861-1865 Civil War

  • 1863 Gettysburg Address

  • 1863 10% Plan

  • 1864 Wade-Davis Bill

  • 1864 Lincoln reelected

  • 1865-Feb House Votes on 13th Amendment

  • 1865 April 12 (9) Lee surrenders to Grant

  • 1865 WAR IS OVER!

  • 1865-April 14 Lincoln is Assassinated

The significance of the 13 th amendment

The Significance of the 13th Amendment

  • Abolished Slavery in the US

  • Movie: Lincoln and the fight for the 13th Amendment

Ford s theater washington d c

Ford’s Theater, Washington, D.C.

The war is over

The War is over….

1865 legacy of the civil war

1865: Legacy of the Civil War

What did the war settle?


How will the nation deal with 4 million freedmen?

How will the Confederacy become part of the United States again?

  • The Union had been preserved

  • Slavery was abolished

  • Federal government had more power than the states

The critical period

The Critical Period

  • 1. Perhaps the greatest political crisis in American history

  • 2.Social Crisis

  • 3. Economic Crisis

  • 4. Legal/ Constitutional crisis

Competing notions of freedom for african americans freedom meant

Competing Notions of Freedom: For African Americans Freedom meant….

  • End of slavery and freedom from white control

  • Hopes of owning land

  • Freedom to move around and look for loved ones

  • Freedom to set up black schools, churches, and clubs

  • Equal rights, the right to vote, citizenship

  • Legal protection

  • Freedom to work or not to work

African americans in the union army

African Americans in the Union Army

African Americans fought in the Civil War. The movie, Glory, featuring Morgan Freeman, tells the story of a black battalion.

Freedom for white southerners meant

Freedom for white Southerners meant….

  • Freedom from Northern control

  • Freedom to put their world back the way it was

  • Many embraced the “Lost Cause,” a cult of mourning and romanticizing the Old South

  • Fought for local control and to maintain white supremacy

Civil war monument

Civil War Monument

Civil War Monument,

Oxford, MS

Freedmen s bureau march 1865

Freedmen’s Bureau, March 1865

  • An agency of the army, the organization was set up to aid 4,000,000 African Americans and poor whites in the South

  • Distributed food, set up schools, and tried to settle blacks on land

  • An example in unprecedented government action to provide food, education, and economic opportunities for Americans

  • Set up for only one year

  • It was too small and not very effective

U s history 202 1865 present reconstruction reuniting a divided nation

  • Start on Tuesday Period 1

Issues of reconstruction

Issues of Reconstruction

  • Both the Democrats and Republicans wanted to gain more political power through Reconstruction

  • 4,000,000 free blacks could provide a boost to the Republican Party

Four plans for reconstruction

Four Plans for Reconstruction:

  • Lincoln’s 10% plan, 1863

  • Wade-Davis Bill, 1864

  • Johnson’s Restoration Plan, 1865

    (Presidential Reconstruction)

    4. Radical Reconstruction, 1866-

    (Congressional Reconstruction)

Andrew johnson

Andrew Johnson

Who was Andrew Johnson and how did he become Lincoln’’s vice president?

Johnson s restoration plan presidential reconstruction

Johnson’s Restoration Plan (Presidential Reconstruction)

  • Take Loyalty oath

  • Wealthy landowners had to come to him for pardon

  • Abolish slavery (ratify the 13th Amendment)

  • Johnson appointed provisional governors

  • Deal with war debts

  • Elect representatives to Congress

Reconstruction video

Reconstruction Video

  • President Johnson's Reconstruction Plan (6 Minutes)

Southern states ready to rejoin

Southern States Ready to Rejoin

  • By 1865, ALL the Southern states had formed new governments and met the requirements of either Lincoln’s or Johnson’s plan and were prepared to rejoin the Union, but the Radicals in Congress would not agree these terms.

  • Between 1866 and 1868 Johnson vetoed 15 Reconstruction bills presented by the Radical Republicans—more than all previous Presidents put together. Congress simply overrode his vetoes

  • Radical Republicans, under Leaders Thaddeus Stevens and Charles Sumner, passed a series of Reconstruction Acts used to reconstruct the South

Radical reconstruction congressional reconstruction

RADICAL RECONSTRUCTION(Congressional Reconstruction)

South behaving badly

South Behaving Badly…

  • Enacted Black Codes

  • Formed armed militias of former Confederate soldiers

  • Electing former Confederate leaders to Congress

  • Refusing to abolish slavery (ratify 13th Amendment)

  • Race riots and violence in the South

Radical republicans take charge of reconstruction congressional reconstruction

Radical Republicans take charge of Reconstruction (Congressional Reconstruction)

1. Passed 14th Amendment, the first constitutional definition of citizenship.****

2. Introduced a very strict plan for readmitting the Southern states to the Union

3. Set up 5 military districts in the South with military governors

4. Wanted to give freedmen land

4. Passed the 15th Amendment—which declared citizens could not be denied the right to vote based on “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

Congress also took on the president and the supreme court

Congress also took on the President and the Supreme Court:

  • Stopped the Supreme Court from interfering with their plans for Reconstruction.

  • In Ex parte Milligan, the Supreme Court ruled that military tribunals were unconstitutional in places where civil courts were functioning. This interfered with the military governments Congress had set up in the South.

  • Congress threatened to limit the authority of the Court.

Time for andrew johnson to go 1868

Time for Andrew Johnson to go….1868

  • Congress passed the Tenure of Office Act which stripped the President of some of his power. He could not remove civil officials from office—even his own cabinet—without consulting Congress.

  • Johnson dismissed Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton.

  • In 1868 the House of Representatives brought impeachment charges against Johnson, but the Senate was ONE vote shy of a majority to convict They failed to remove Johnson from office, but he lost all political power.

  • By 1869-1870 all former states had been readmitted. Mississippi was the last in 1870.

What s been going on in the south

What ‘s been going on in the South?

The South in Reconstruction

Reconstruction governments in the south the myth

Reconstruction Governments in the South—the Myth

  • For some time, the traditional view of Reconstruction in the South was one of failure and white subjugation to Republican carpetbaggers, scalawags, and black freedmen.

  • It is a view of government corruption and incompetence. (Gone With the Wind and Birth of a Nation have perpetuated this myth)

  • More recent research reveals a more accurate account of the period.

The reality of republican rule in the south

The Reality of Republican Rule in the South

  • African Americans gained access to the ballot box and elected offices, but they never dominated southern politics.

    16 African Americans elected to


    None was ever elected governor

    Blacks held 10-15% of state offices

  • Carpetbaggers and scalawags were not particularly corrupt

Republican governments in the south

Republican Governments in the South

  • Southern governments were no more corrupt than governments in the North

  • Taxes rose and debts increased because the Republican governments had to fund schools, rebuild infrastructure, and deal with debt after the war

Hiram revels

Hiram Revels

United States Senator from Mississippi during Reconstruction

Blanche k bruce

Blanche K. Bruce

African American US Senator from Mississippi during Reconstruction. Lived and farmed in Bolivar County near Rosedale, MS.

Reasons white southerners saw reconstruction as a failure

Reasons white Southerners saw Reconstruction as a failure…

  • Said they were being governed by incompetent blacks

  • Argued that Reconstruction governments in the South were corrupt and state debts were soaring

  • Felt they had been denied their rights as citizens.

Black southerners saw reconstruction as a failure

Black Southerners saw Reconstruction as a failure …..

  • Argued that the state and federal governments had not acted to guarantee their basic rights of citizenship.

  • They had not gained access to land

Landownership tenancy and labor in the south

Landownership, Tenancy, and Labor in the South

  • South’s agricultural economy changed dramatically.

  • Tenancy and sharecropping emerged in place of slavery

  • Global changes in the cotton market had negative impact on the South

  • Small farmers lost land

Sharecropping system in 1880

Sharecropping System in 1880

Why did the Mississippi Delta have a lower rate of sharecropping than other areas of the South in 1880?

African american sharecroppers

African American Sharecroppers

Tenant farming or sharecropping increased dramatically in the South during Reconstruction and the years that followed.



Poor whites and African Americans turned to sharecropping during Reconstruction.

The grant administration


General ulysses grant

General Ulysses Grant

A general for the Union army during the Civil War, he is considered a military genius by many historians.

Ulysses s grant republican 1869 1877

Ulysses S. GrantRepublican 1869-1877

Grant’s Presidency was riddled with scandals.

Challenges grant faced as president

Challenges Grant Faced as President

  • Reconstruction against increasing resistance and violence in the South, rise of the KKK

  • Scandals in his own administration: Credit Mobilier, Whiskey Ring, Indian Affairs

  • Economy: Panic of 1873 and monetary policy (gold standard and the greenback question)

  • Loss of Northern support for Reconstruction

Financial crisis panic of 1873

Financial Crisis: Panic of 1873

  • The nation entered a financial depression that lasted 4 years.

  • The Greenback Question: What will we base the value of our currency on? Gold? Government authority? ***This is one of the most enduring political issues of the era.

  • Specie Resumption Act-”greenbacks” or paper money issued during the Civil War would be redeemed and new certificates would be backed by gold.

1865 1877 success in foreign affairs

1865-1877: Success in Foreign Affairs

  • Secretary of State William Seward purchased Alaska from Russia for 7.2 million dollars—“Seward’s Folly”

  • Hamilton Fish struck a deal with England over the “Alabama claims.”

Ulysses s grant

Ulysses S. Grant

A bankrupt and dying Grant writing his memoirs.

The abandonment of reconstruction


Why reconstruction ended

Why Reconstruction ended…

  • Loss of interest in the North

  • Financial crisis –the Panic of 1873

  • Organized and often violent resistance by white Southerners

  • The Compromise of 1877-Hayes –Tilden Election

  • The widespread belief that blacks were inferior=racism (Social Darwinism)

Compromise of 1877 hayes tilden

Compromise of 1877: Hayes –Tilden

Legacy of reconstruction failures

Legacy of ReconstructionFailures

  • Reconstruction failed to resolve the problem of racism

  • Government did not protect the rights of freedmen

  • A divided racially, economically, and politically divided nation emerged from Reconstruction.

  • Delayed dealing with constitutional rights for all Americans for almost another century: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s

Successes of reconstruction

Successes of Reconstruction….

  • Gave some dignity and equality to African Americans

  • The three Civil War Amendments laid the legal foundation for the Civil Rights Movement

  • 13th Amendment—Abolished Slavery

  • 14th Amendment-Who is a citizen? Due Process and equal protection

  • 15th Amendment—Guaranteed the right to vote

Major questions

Major Questions….

  • Who is an American?

  • What does freedom mean?

  • What form should government take? (States’ rights vs. federal power)

  • How do you reunite a divided nation?

U s history 202 1865 present reconstruction reuniting a divided nation

  • The Presidents: Grant

  • 11:22

U s history 202 1865 present reconstruction reuniting a divided nation

  • Pick up 2 handouts on the book case at the front of the room

The new south


New south

New South?

  • White democrats took control of state governments in all 11 former Confederate states. The South had been “redeemed” according to white Southerners

  • Free blacks were disenfranchised: Literacy tests, grandfather clauses, poll taxes, gerrymandering, and intimidation

  • KKK grew in number and violence increased: lynching

New south1

New South?

  • New South boosters including Henry O Grady promoted industrialization and modernization in the South with only limited success

  • Legalized segregation was adopted across the South: Jim Crow, Plessy v Ferguson

  • Black leaders emerged including Booker T Washington –who promoted education, job training and the growth of a black middle class

New south2

New South?

  • Agricultural labor system underwent a transformation from slave labor to tenant farming and sharecropping which led to a form of debt peonage.

Lynching in the south

Lynching in the South

In 1890s there was an average of 187 lynchings each year.

80% took place in the South.

Booker t washington the atlanta compromise 1895

Booker T. WashingtonThe “Atlanta Compromise” 1895

1. Founder and president of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama

2. Embraced education and vocational training as the path for black improvement

3. He delivered a speech in Georgia in 1895 in which he said blacks should not “agitate for their rights.” He supported self improvement, education, and economic gains (jobs) as way to gain social, political and economic power in society.

Plessy v ferguson 1896 legalizing segregation

Plessy v Ferguson, 1896Legalizing Segregation

U s history 202 1865 present reconstruction reuniting a divided nation

  • Read: Plessy v Ferguson: The Shaping of Jim Crow

  • Answer the questions

U s history 202 1865 present reconstruction reuniting a divided nation

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