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RECONSTRUCTION. “ Post Civil War ” 1865 -1877. What is it??. Reconstruction – The reorganization and rebuilding of the former Confederate States after the Civil War. . What were the 4 key issues. 1) What to do with secessionists Punish or welcome back 2) How to re-build the south

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    1. RECONSTRUCTION “Post Civil War” 1865 -1877

    2. What is it?? • Reconstruction – The reorganization and rebuilding of the former Confederate States after the Civil War.

    3. What were the 4 key issues 1) What to do with secessionists • Punish or welcome back 2) How to re-build the south • Plantations and farms destroyed . Towns and homes were burned to the ground • 3) How to work together and act as one country

    4. More Key Issues 4) How to help the newly freed slaves They needed: Education, land, money, laws to protect their freedom • ** All of these problems needed solutions during Reconstruction!!

    5. Key People/Ideologies • His Reconstruction plan was reconciliation (**which means to agree and come together**) • He was willing to grant amnesty, “Saving the union was more important than punishing the South”

    6. Farewell to Lincoln • April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in Ford’s theater • Booth escaped and was later surrounded while hiding in a barn in Front Royal, VA • He refused to surrender and was shot and killed • •

    7. Key People/ Ideologies • Also wanted to reconcile with the North. “We must reunite as Americans” – even though many still wanted to fight • Became president of Washington College, which is now known as Washington and Lee University

    8. Key People/Ideologies • Fought for the adoption of Constitutional amendments that guaranteed voting rights for African Americans • Was a powerful voice for human rights and civil liberties

    9. 3 Key Amendments • 13th Amendment (1865) – banned slavery in the United States and all of it’s territories • 14th Amendment (1866) – grants citizenship to all persons born in the United States and guarantees them equal protection under the law

    10. 3 Key 3 Key Amendments • 15th Amendment (1869) – ensures all citizens the right to vote regardless of race, color, or previous condition of servitude

    11. Amendment Summary *** These three amendments (13th, 14th, and 15th) guarantee equal protection under the law for all citizens *** ***15th does NOT include women***

    12. Reconstruction policies/Problems • Established Freedman’s Bureau in March 1865 • A government agency created to help the former slaves • Distributed food, clothing and medical services • Established schools and provided teachers • Aided the construction of African American Universities • Distributed land for farming and sharecropping • Provided help with employment, transportation and fair wages

    13. Reconstruction policies/Problems • Black Codes (1865-1866) • Laws passed by the Southern states to limit the economic and physical freedom of the former slaves • “trampled the rights of African Americans” • Could be arrested and imprisoned for being unemployed • Banned from owning/renting farms • Had to work for free to pay off fines • Was slavery in disguise

    14. Reconstruction Policies/Problems • Civil Rights Act of 1866 -Granted equal rights and full citizenship to African Americans -Authorized the use of federal troops to enforce equal rights ** Made the Black Codes illegal**

    15. Reconstruction Policies/Problems • African Americans could hold public office for the first time • Former southern military leaders could not hold office • Northern soldiers supervised the south • Southerners resented Northern Carpetbaggers who took advantage of the south after the civil war


    17. Reconstruction Declines • The election of 1876 was so corrupt, that neither side knew for sure who won. • Hayes(north) Vs. Tilden (South) • The election results were decided in the Compromise of 1877. *** Reconstruction ended in 1877 as a result of the Compromise to decide the outcome of the election of 1876***

    18. Compromise of 1877was a result of the disputed 1876 Presidential election results North promised to: South promised to: Maintain all African American Rights recognize Hayes as the next President of the United States • give more aid ($) to the South • withdraw all of the remaining federaltroops • Let Southerners handle the Race issue

    19. Jim Crow Laws • Made segregation in the South legal • Was upheld in infamous court case • Plessy Vs. Ferguson (1896) –ruled that separate but equal was ok. • Included restaurants, bathrooms, schools, churches, and even public transportation • Increased violence against African Americans and many rights gained during Reconstruction were lost

    20. Jim Crow segregation • Discrimination – treating someone unfairly because of their race, gender, religion, place of birth, age, etc.

    21. Voting Restrictions

    22. African American Response to Jim Crow(2 opposing views) • Booker T. Washington • Was born a slave, who had taught himself to read • Wanted to achieve equality patiently, by gaining economic power. • Believed gaining skills and education was the key to equality • W.E.B. Dubois • First African American to receive a PhD from Harvard • Demanded for the right to vote as a way to end segregation. • Believed protest was the key to equality