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  • 1. Where was the first shot fired of the civil war?

  • 2. Where did the surrender take place?

  • 3. Who took over for Lincoln as President?

Morrill land grant act 1861
Morrill Land Grant Act (1861)

  • Provided for the sale of public lands in each state.

  • Profits went to fund colleges to teach the agricultural and mechanical arts.

Homestead act 1862
Homestead Act (1862)

  • “They’re just givin’ away free land!”

  • Allowed anyone to file for a quarter-section of free land (160 acres).

  • The land was yours at the end of five years if you had built a house on it, dug a well, broken (plowed) 10 acres, fenced a specified amount, and actually lived there.

Pacific railroad act 1862
Pacific Railroad Act (1862)

  • “to aid in the construction of a railroad and telegraph line from the Missouri river to the Pacific ocean, and to secure to the government the use of the same for postal, military, and other purposes,"

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Pacific Railroad Act (1862)

  • Authorizes 2 Union companies he “Union Pacific” and the “Central Pacific” companies to build a transcontinental railroad

  • From 1862-1871 the railroads received more than 175 million acres (708,000 km²) of public land - an area more than one tenth of the whole United States and larger than Texas.

National bank acts 1862
National Bank Acts (1862)

  • Lincoln was concerned with financing the war so he proposed a system of national banks authorized to issue national bank notes fully backed by federal bonds. 

  • The system would provide a uniform national currency and would bring banks that entered it under federal control.

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"A Good

'Ole Rebel“

Major Innes Randolph, C.S.A.

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Oh, I’m a good ‘old rebelNow that’s just what I am‘N for this Yankee nation,I do not give a damnI’m glad I fought agin’ herI only wish we’d wonI ain’t asked any pardonFor anything I’ve done.

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I hates the Yankee nationAnd everything they doI hates the DeclarationOf Independence, tooI hates the glorious Union‘Tis dripping with our bloodI hates their strip’ed bannerI fit it all I could.

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I rode with Robert E. LeeFor three years, thereaboutGot wounded in four placesAnd I starved at Point LookoutI catched the rheumatismA-campin’ in the snowBut I killed a chance of Yankees And I’d like to kill some more.

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Three hundred thousand YankeesA-stiff in Southern dustWe got three hundred thousandBefore they conquered usThey died of Southern feverAnd Southern steel and shotI wish they were three millionInstead of what we got!

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I can’t take up my musketAnd fight ‘em now no moreBut I ain’t gonna love ‘emNow that is certain sureAnd I don’t want no pardonFor what I was and amI won’t be reconstructedAnd I do not give a damn!..

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Oh, I’m a good ‘old rebelNow that’s just what I am‘N for this Yankee nation,I do not give a damnI’m glad I fought agin’ herI only wish we’d wonI ain’t asked any pardonFor anything I’ve done.

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I ain’t asked any pardon,For anything I’ve done!!

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Lyrics Written by:Major Innes Randolph, C. S. A.(1865)

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Sung by:Hoyt AxtonFrom“Songs of the Civil War”(Columbia Records)

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1. R E C O N S T R U C T I O N

  • Reconstruction: 1865 and 1877

    • Federal Government programs carried out to repair the damage to the South and restore the southern states to the Union.

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1. R E C O N S T R U C T I O N


  • Freedmen(freed slaves) were starting out their new lives in a poor region with slow economic activity.

    • Plantation owners lost slave labor worth $3 billion. (4 million freed slaves)

    • Poor white Southerners could not find work because of new job competition fromFreedmen.

  • South totally destroyed:

  • The war had destroyed two thirds of the South’s shipping industry and about 9,000 miles of railroad.

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Lincoln’s speech

“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we

Lincoln aimed to take it easy on the south.

No Malice = No revenge.

are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds….to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”

3 competing notions of freedom
3. Competing Notions of Freedom

  • Southern Whites- Want freedom from tyrannical North

  • Blacks- Want freedom.

    • Voting Rights

    • Economic Freedom- (land, jobs, education)

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President Andrew Johnson

  • Jacksonian Democrat. (Lincoln was a Rep.)

  • White Supremacist.

  • Agreed with Lincolnthat states had neverlegally left the Union.

“Damn the negroes! I am fighting these traitorous aristocrats, their masters!”-AJ

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4. President Johnson’s Plan (10%+)

  • Offered amnesty upon simple oath to all except: Confederate military officers

  • New state constitutions, they must accept minimum conditions rejecting slavery, secession and state debts.

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President Johnson’s Plan (10%+)

1. Disenfranchised certain leading Confederates.

2. Pardoned planter aristocrats brought them back to political power to control state organizations.


3. Northern Republicans were outraged that planter elite were back in power in the South!

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Growing Northern Alarm!

  • Many Southern state constitutions fell short of minimum (10%) requirements.

  • Johnson granted 13,500 special pardons.

  • Revival of southern defiance.


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  • Similar to Slave Codes.

  • Restricted the freedom of movement.

  • Limited rights of free people.

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  • As southern states were restored to the Union under President Johnson’s plan, they began to enact black codes, laws that restricted freedmen’s rights.

  • The black codes established virtual slavery with provisions such as these:

    • Curfews: Generally, black people could not gather after sunset.

    • Vagrancy laws: Freedmen convicted of vagrancy– that is, not working– could be fined, whipped, or sold for a year’s labor.

    • Labor contracts: Freedmen had to sign agreements in January for a year of work. Those who quit in the middle of a contract often lost all the wages they had earned.

    • Land restrictions: Freed people could rent land or homes only in rural areas. This restriction forced them to live on plantations.

Plans compared
Plans compared


Recon. Act of 1867 (Harsher than AJ )

  • Amnesty : Presidential pardon

    • oath of allegiance---50%

    • high ranking Confederate officials

    • loose voting rights if you don’t sign oath

    • Write new state Constitutions

    • Ratify: 13, 14 & 15 Amendments

    • reject secession and state’s rights

    • submit to U.S. Government authority

  • Help for Freedmen

  • Freedmen’s Bureau for education

  • 40 acres and a mule

  • Divide the South into 5 military districts to enforce

Radical republicans
Radical Republicans


Thaddeus Stevens

Charles Summner

  • Wanted to the see the South punished.

  • Advocated help for Freedmen:

    • Political Voting rights

    • Social  Schools

    • Economic Equality Land, jobs (40 acres and a mule)

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Charles Summner

Thaddeus Stevens

  • Would go after President Johnson through the impeachment process after he vetoes the Civil Rights Act of 1866.

Quotes of radicals
Quotes of Radicals


Thaddeus Stevens, in Congress, 1866

“Strip a proud nobility of their bloated estates, send them forth to labor and you will thus humble the proud traitors.”

Thaddeus Stevens, in Congress, 1867

“I am for Negro suffrage in every rebel state. If it be just, it should not be denied: if it be necessary, it should be adopted: if it be a punishment of traitors, they deserve it.”

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One former Confederate

Was amazed to see a government which was intent on killing us………now generously feeding our poor and distressed…….

8 lost cause
8. “Lost Cause”

  • Romantic Idea in the south, that the Civil war was a cause worth fighting for.

  • “Second war of independence”

  • War of Southern Rights

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Mississippi Governor, 1866: “The Negro is free”

“Whether we like it or not; we must realize that fact now and forever. To be free, however, does not make him a citizen or entitle him to social or political equality with the white man.”

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Freedman’s Bureau 1865: help former slaves get a new start in life.

This was the first major relief agency in United States history.

Bureau’s Accomplishments

  • Built thousands of schools to educate Blacks.

  • Former slaves rushed to get an education for themselves and their children.

  • Education was difficult and dangerous to gain.

  • Southerners hated the idea that Freedmen would go to school.

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Freedmen’s Bureau Seen Through Southern Eyes

Plenty to eat and nothing to do.

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10. Carpetbaggers

  • Called “carpetbaggers” by white southern Democrats, Many former northern abolitionists risked their lives to help southern freedmen.

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11- 14th Amendment (Citizenship)

  • Ratified in July, 1868.

    • Provide a constitutional guarantee of the rights and security of freed people.

    • Insure against neo-Confederate political power.

  • Southern states would be punished for denying the right to vote to black citizens…

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12. Reconstruction Acts of 1867

  • Military Reconstruction Act

    • To enforce Reconstruction laws in the 10 Southern states that refused to ratify the 14th Amendment.

    • Divide the 10 “unreconstructed states” into 5 military districts.

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Reconstruction Acts of 1867

  • To Carry out reconstruction plans in the south, republicans in government got the military involved to enforce laws.

  • They also passed 2 laws which were designed to lessen president Andrew Johnson’s power, to make sure that he stayed with the Reconstruction plans, which were very unpopular in the south.

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13. Reconstruction Acts of 1867

  • Command of the Army Act

    • The President must issue all Reconstruction orders through the commander of the military.

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14. Reconstruction Acts of 1867

  • Tenure of Office Act

    • The President could not remove any officials [esp. Cabinet members] without the Senate’s consent, if the position originally required Senate approval.

      • Designed to protect radical members of Lincoln’s government.

      • A question of the constitutionality of this law.

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15. President Johnson’s Impeachment

  • Johnson removed Edwin Stanton in February, 1868.

  • Was sec of war under Lincoln, felt Andrew Johnson was too lenient.

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15. President Johnson’s Impeachment

  • Removing Stanton violated the Tenure of Office Act

  • Johnson replaced generals in the field who were more sympathetic to the south.

  • The House impeached him on February 24 before even drawing up the charges by a vote of 126 – 47!

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The Senate Trial

  • 11 week trial.

  • Johnson acquitted 35 to 19 (one short of required 2/3s vote).

Impeachment process
Impeachment process


Impeachment:Bringing charges against the President. Two steps involved……

1st Step:U. S. House of Representatives hold hearings to decide if there are crimes committed. They then vote on the charges and if there is a majority, then, charges are brought against the President.

2nd Step:U.S. Senate becomes a courtroom. The President is tried for the charges brought against him. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is the judge. Once trial is completed, Senators must vote to remove President with a 2/3’s vote.

Johnson s veto
Johnson’s Veto

16. Results of IMPEACHMENT

  • Presidency would suffer as a result of this failed impeachment.

  • President would be more of a figure-head.

An inflexible President, 1866: Republican cartoon shows Johnson knocking Blacks of the Freedmen’s Bureau by his veto.

Voting rights
Voting rights


  • 13th AmendmentAbolished slavery(1865)

  • 14th AmendmentProvided citizenship & equal protection under the law. (1868)

  • 15th AmendmentProvided the right to vote for all men which included white and black men. (1870)

Giving the Black man the right to vote was truly revolutionary……..A victory for democracy!

13th slavery abolished
13th: Slavery Abolished


“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

The Congress shall have power to enforce by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.


14th rights of citizens
14th: Rights of Citizens


“All persons born in the U.S. are citizens of this country and the state they reside in. No state shall make or enforce any law which deprives any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction to the equal protection of the laws.”

The Congress shall have power to enforce by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.


15th voting rights
15th: Voting Rights


“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude”.

The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


Black congressmen
Black Congressmen

  • First Black Senators and representatives in the 42st and 42nd Congress.

  • Senator Hiram Revels, on the left was elected in 1870 to replace the seat vacated by Jefferson Davis.

The taste of freedom
The Taste of Freedom

  • Freedom of movement: Enslaved people often walked away from plantations upon hearing that the Union army was near.

    • Exodusters: moved to Kansas and Texas

  • Freedom to own land:Proposals to give white-owned land to freed people got little support from the government. Unofficial land redistribution did take place, however.

  • Freedom to worship:African Americans formed their own churches and started mutual aid societies, debating clubs, drama societies, and trade associations.

  • Freedom to learn:Between 1865 and 1870, black educators founded 30 African American colleges.

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“The Strong Government”, 1869-1877. Grant enforcing the Reconstruction Act of 1867 and “forcing” the South to change.

Military reconstruction
Military Reconstruction Act of 1867.

Each number indicates the Military Districts

New south
New South Act of 1867.

  • 20. New South

  • Becomes industrialized

  • Cities rebuilt

  • Railroads

  • Schools, over a thousand

  • Hospitals, 45 in 14 states

  • Diversify economy.

21 funding reconstruction
21. Funding Reconstruction Act of 1867.

  • Rebuilding the South’s infrastructure, the public property and services that a society uses, was one giant business opportunity (VERY CORRUPT!!!)

  • Roads, bridges, canals, railroads, and telegraph lines had to be rebuilt.

  • Funds were also needed to expand services to southern citizens. Following the North’s example, all southern states created public school systems by 1872.

  • Congress, private investors, and heavy taxes paid for Reconstruction. Spending by Reconstruction legislatures added another $130 million to southern debt.

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22. K K K Act of 1867.

  • Ku Klux Klan refers to a secret society or an inner circle

  • Organized in 1867, in Polaski, Tennessee by Nathan Bedford Forrest.

  • Represented the ghosts of dead Confederate soldiers

  • Disrupted Reconstruction as much as they could.

  • Opposed Republicans, Carpetbaggers, Scalawags and Freedmen.


Spreading terror

The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1867.

Eliminate the Republican Party in the South by intimidating voters.

Keep African Americans as submissive laborers.

They planted burning crosses on the lawns of their victims and tortured, kidnapped, or murdered them.

Attacked African Americans, carpetbaggers, and scalawags became their victims.


Spreading Terror

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The Federal Response Act of 1867.

President Grant’s War On Terrorism.

The Enforcement Act of 1870 banned the use of terror, force, or bribery to prevent people from voting.

Other laws banned the KKK and used the military to protect voters and voting places.

As federal troops withdrew from the South, black suffrage all but ended.

23. K K K

Spreading Terror

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kkk Act of 1867.




CarpetbaggersNortherners/Republicans sent to help reconstruct the South….

ScalawagsSoutherners who helped Carpetbaggers

Freedmen Blacks who tried to vote or were involved in the reconstruction of their states governments.

South s backlash
South’s Backlash Act of 1867.


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During Radical Reconstruction, the Republican Party was a mixture of people who had little in common except a desire to prosper in the postwar South. This bloc of voters included freedmen and two other groups: carpetbaggers and scalawags.

  • Northern Republicans who moved to the postwar South became known as carpetbaggers.

  • Southerners gave them this insulting nickname, which referred to a type of cheap suitcase made from carpet scraps.

  • Carpetbaggers were often depicted as greedy men seeking to grab power or make a fast buck.

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  • White southern Republicans were seen as traitors and called scalawags.

  • This was originally a Scottish word meaning “scrawny cattle.”

  • Refers to one who is a “scoundrel”, reprobate or unprincipled person.

  • Some scalawags were former Whigs who had opposed secession.

  • Some were small farmers who resented the planter class. Many scalawags, but not all, were poor.

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kkk Act of 1867.


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KKK Quote 3 Act of 1867.

Letter About Ku Klux Klan Terror*

State of Mississippi. Monroe County. March 30, 1871

My beloved Sister: I will endeavor to answer your joyfully received letter. I must tell you something about the Ku Klux, they are raging on the other side of the River. They have whipped several white men, whipped and killed several Negroes.

They whipped Colonel Huggins, the Superintendent of the free schools nearly to death, and everybody rejoiced when they heard it, for everybody hated him. He squandered the public money, buying

Kkk quote 31
KKK Quote 3 Act of 1867.

pianofortes, organs, sofas, and furniture for the Negro School house in Aberdeen.

The people are taxed beyond endurance. The Ku Klux gave him seventy lashes, and then gave him ten days to leave the country. He left and went to Jackson.

There was a Regiment of Militia came into Aberdeen Friday. They are sent here to put down the Ku Klux. Huggins has come back with the Militia, but I wouldn't give a straw for his life, for he will be killed.

  It is the opinion of most everybody there will be war. The Yankees coming here will make the Negroes more insolent.

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With Country full of Yankees, things are going too far, for the free whites of the South are determined not to put up with it.

A Negro can kill a white man, take it in Court, get a Negro jury, clear him and then turn him loose, things can't go on this way. We are in a most peculiar situation.

    Give my love to all the Connections and write soon. Yours, Jennie

*Mrs. Webb was the wife of William J. Webb, who owned and operated the City Hotel on the site of the Plainview Hotel, on the Block North of the Monroe County Courthouse, Aberdeen, Mississippi. The Shaw Family patronized this Hotel. Colonel Huggins left Aberdeen in the night and went back North.

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25. SHARECROPPING the free whites of the South are determined not to put up with it.

  • Sharecroppers were Freedmen and poor Whites who stayed in the South and continued to farm.

  • Freedmen signed a work contract with their former masters .

  • Picked cotton or whatever crop the landowner had.

  • Freedmen did not receive “40 acres and a mule”

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SHARECROPPING the free whites of the South are determined not to put up with it.

  • Landowner provided land, tools, animals, house and charge account at the local store to purchase necessities

  • Freedmen provided the labor.

  • Sharecropping is based on the “credit” system.

Sharecroppers the free whites of the South are determined not to put up with it.

Sharecroppers the free whites of the South are determined not to put up with it.


  • Advantages

  • Part of a business venture

  • Raised their social status

  • Received 1/3 to 1/2 of crop when harvested

  • Raised their self esteem

  • Disadvantages

  • Blacks stay in South

  • Some landowners refused to honor the contract

  • Blacks poor and in debt

    • Economic slavery

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A VICIOUS CYCLE OF DEBT the free whites of the South are determined not to put up with it.

1. Poor whites and freedmen have no jobs, no homes, and no money to buy land.

6. Sharecropper cannot leave the farm as long as he is in debt to the landlord.

2. Landowners need laborers and have no money to pay laborers.



  • 3. Hire poor whites and freedmen as laborers

  • Sign contracts to work landlord’s land in exchange for a part of the crop.

  • 5. At harvest time, the sharecropper is paid.

  • Pays off debts.

  • If sharecropper owes more to the landlord or store than his share of the crop is worth;

4. Landlord keeps track of the money that sharecroppers owe him for housing, food or local store.

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FREEDMEN'S BUREAU the free whites of the South are determined not to put up with it.




Sharecroppers the free whites of the South are determined not to put up with it.

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Corrupt Bargain the free whites of the South are determined not to put up with it.


Rutherford B. HayesSamuel Tilden

  • The election of 1876 and the Compromise of 1877 are referred to as the Corrupt Bargain.

  • Three southern states withhold their electoral votes until Hayes agrees to pull the Union troops out of the South.

  • There is no protection for the Freedmen and the South will regain their states and go back to the way it was.

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  • 1876 Election the free whites of the South are determined not to put up with it.

  • Tilden did not receive enough electoral votes.

  • Special Commission gives votes to Hayes.

  • Hayes wins the election

  • Democrats refuse to recognize Hayes as President


*Disputed Electoral votes


369 total electoral votes, need 185to win.

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  • Agreement between Democrats and Republicans the free whites of the South are determined not to put up with it.

  • Hayes pulls the troops out of the South.

  • Southerners take over their state governments called “REDEEMERS”

  • Successes Freedmen would be lost because Southerners would take over their state governments.

  • Jim Crow laws kept Blacks from voting and becoming equal citizens.

Cartoon of Hayes: end of Reconst

Social reality
social reality the free whites of the South are determined not to put up with it.


  • After Reconstruction, 1865 to 1876, Southern states kept Blacks from voting and segregated, or separating people by the color of their skin in public facilities.

  • Jim Crow laws, laws at the local and state level which segregated whites from blacks and kept African Americans as 2nd class citizens and from voting.

    • poll taxes

    • literacy tests

    • grandfather clause

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social reality the free whites of the South are determined not to put up with it.


  • The systematic practice of discriminating against and segregating Black people, especially as practiced in the American South from the end of Reconstruction to the mid-20th century

  • Derogatory name for a Black person, ultimately from the title of a 19th-century minstrel song.

  • Goal: Take away political and constitutional rights guaranteed by Constitution: Voting and equality of all citizens under the law.

Jc laws
JC laws the free whites of the South are determined not to put up with it.

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social reality the free whites of the South are determined not to put up with it.

Jim Crow Laws

Poll Taxes: Before you could vote, you had to pay taxes to vote. Most poor Blacks could not pay the tax so they didn’t vote.

Literacy Test: You had to prove you could read and write before you could vote…. Once again, most poor Blacks were not literate.

Grandfather clause: If your grandfather voted in the 1864 election than you could vote…..Most Blacks did not vote in 1864, so you couldn’t vote….

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JC laws1 the free whites of the South are determined not to put up with it.

Jim Crow Laws: segregated Whites and Blacks in public facilities became the law after Reconstruction:

  • Used at the local, state levels and eventually the national to separate the races in

schools, parks, transportation, restaurants, etc….

  • kept Blacks, minorities and poor whites from voting and as 2nd class citizen status

The struggle for african american suffrage

1865 the free whites of the South are determined not to put up with it.Civil War ends Reconstruction begins

1900s-1940s Jim Crow laws prevent African Americans from voting

1950s-1960sCivil Rights movement begins.

1870sReconstruction ends.

The Struggle for African American Suffrage

Plessy vs Ferguson effected social equality for Black Americans from 1896 to 1960’s

Jc laws map
JC laws/map 1889-1950’s


1% of Blacks integrated

Less than 5% integrated

25% or more integrated

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South’s Backlash1 1889-1950’s

Lynchings of Whites/Blacks

0 to 20

20 to 60

60 to 100

100 to 200

200 or more

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South’s Backlash1 1889-1950’s

The right to vote was taken away from the Freedmen after Reconstruction

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28. Reconstruction Ends 1889-1950’s

  • Corruption: Reconstruction legislatures & Grant’s administration symbolized corruption & poor government.

  • The economy: Reconstruction legislatures taxed and spent heavily, putting the southern states deeper into debt.

  • Violence: As federal troops withdrew from the South, some white Democrats used violence and intimidation to prevent freedmen from voting. This tactic allowed white Southerners to regain control of the state governments.

  • The Democrats’ (CORRUPT BARGAIN) return to power: The pardoned ex-Confederates combined with other white Southerners to form a new bloc of Democratic voters known as the Solid South. They blocked Reconstruction policies.

  • The Country: The Civil War was over and many Americans wanted to return to what the country was doing before the war.

There were five main factors that contributed to the end of Reconstruction.

Successes and failures of reconstruction

Successes 1889-1950’s


Union is restored.

Many white southerners bitter towards US govt & Republicans.

South’s economy grows and new wealth is created in the North.

The South is slow to industrialize.

14th and 15th amendments guarantee Blacks the rights of citizenship, equal protection under the law, and suffrage.

After US troops are withdrawn, southern state governments and terrorist organizations effectively deny Blacks the right to vote.

Freedmen’s Bureau and other organizations help many black families obtain housing, jobs, and schooling.

Many black and white southerners remain caught in a cycle of poverty.

Racist attitudes toward African Americans continue, in both the South and the North.

Southern states adopt a system of mandatory education.

Successes and Failures of Reconstruction

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SOCIAL REALITY 1889-1950’s

Which way would the scale tip?

Social equality vs. legal equality

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social reality 1889-1950’s


  • Supreme Court decision which legalized segregation throughout the nation.

    • “Separate but Equal” as long as public facilities were equal

    • Problem: Black facilities would never be equal to White facilities

    • Our nation would be segregated until the 1960’s.

Reconstruction map
Reconstruction Map 1889-1950’s

Solid SouthPolitical term that describes how the South would vote in future elections…… Always voted for the Democrats because they hated the Republicans.

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Abolitionists vs Women’s rights 1889-1950’s

  • Women rights supporters refused to support the 14th Amendment giving African American Men citizenship unless women were added to it.

  • Abolitionists would not support women’s rights