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What was the greatest success of Reconstruction? Would you agree with historians who argue that even if Reconstruction failed at the time, it laid the foundations for the later successes of the civil rights movement?

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Reconstruction (1873-1877)

One of the greatest successes of Reconstruction (1873-1877) was in the sense that America, after 1877, could once again be called the United States. All of the southern states had drafted new constitutions; ratified the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments; and pledged loyalty to the Union. Taken together, the Civil War and Reconstruction also settled the states' fights vs. federalism debate that had been going on since the ...

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This solution explores the greatest success of Reconstruction and evaluates the argument of historians, that even if Reconstruction failed at the time, it laid the foundations for the later successes of the civil rights movement. Supplemented with a highly informative article on the causes of the Civil War.

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