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Reconstruction (1865-1876)

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1. Analyze the ten-year period known as Reconstruction (1865-1876).

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The Reconstruction period is one of the most controversial in American history. The Reconstruction period (1865-1867) was ushered in by the Civil War. During this period, the states of the former Confederacy had to be reconstructed economically, reformed politically, and reintegrated into the Union. (1)

This period uncovered intensive animosity, opportunism and greed from some of the northerners, as well pointed clearly to the deep racial divides that ran throughout Southern society. (1) In fact, in 1865, the Southern states begin to pass "Black Codes," which were laws that subjected former slaves to a range of restrictions on their freedom, such as forbidding blacks to testify against whites, to serve on juries, bear arms, or hold large meetings; and establishing vagrancy and apprenticeship laws. (2) On one level, the Black Codes made a political statement, as the White Mississippians meant to limit the political power of blacks by denying them civil rights. ...

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Assists with an analyzes of the ten-year period known as Reconstruction (1865-1876). References are provided.