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    U.S. History 1865 to 1945

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    A) President Abraham Lincoln's and President Johnson's reconstruction era plans
    B) Define the progressive era

    1) To what extent did the Era of Reconstruction create a New South?
    2) what impact did the Agrarian Revolt have on American politics at the end of the 19th century?
    3) What are some of the high points and low points of the 1920s?
    4) What role did the United States play in World War I? What caused the United States to shift from isolationism to world engagement?
    5) How are the outcomes of World War I connected to the origins of World War II?
    6) What are at least two causes for America's entry into World War II?

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    A. ERA OF RECONSTRUCTION

    The Reconstruction period occurred between 1865 and 1877 after the end of the American Civil War (1861-1865). It is during this time period that the American nation struggled to rebuild their economic, social and political structures. The national debate over Reconstruction centered on three main issues:

    1. What were the terms under which the defeated Confederate states should be allowed to reenter the Union? What demands should be made upon them before they reentered? Should Congress or the president establish the terms?
    2. Who should be punished for the rebellion and to what extent?
    3. To what degree should the national government assist the newly freed slaves (often referred to as freedmen) in participating in the political and social life of the South?

    President Abraham Lincoln believed that the war-torn South had already been dramatically punished, and thus favored a fairly lenient approach of Reconstruction. President Johnson a more lenient policy than expected. For instance, he pardoned many Confederate leaders and allowed prominent former Confederates to keep their land and their official posts. He also argued that it was the responsibility of the states, not of the federal government, to set policies dealing with the newly freed slaves. Thus, Southern autonomy helped foster an environment in which black rights were denied, and "Black Codes" were enacted in the South, severely limiting the rights of African-Americans.

    Johnson's plan was countered by Radical Republicans in Congress, whose Reconstruction policies became known as radical Reconstruction. Radical Republicans argued that a main goal of Reconstruction should be to secure the same rights as white citizens for the newly freed slaves. ...

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    This solution outlines President Abraham Lincoln's and President Johnson's reconstruction era plans. This solution also defines the progressive era. Answers to other questions are also analyzed in this solution such as: 1) To what extent did the Era of Reconstruction create a New South? 2) what impact did the Agrarian Revolt have on American politics at the end of the 19th century? 3) What are some of the high points and low points of the 1920s? 4) What role did the United States play in World War I? What caused the United States to shift from isolationism to world engagement? 5) How are the outcomes of World War I connected to the origins of World War II? 6) What are at least two causes for America's entry into World War II?

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