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Reconstruction Era

The period after the Civil War called Reconstruction was a time of rebuilding. It was necessary to heal the divisions based on sectionalism and race. However, the means to achieve this end were often in contention. Read about the people and events that shaped the Reconstruction era.

Reconstruction - Overview of the Reconstruction Period in American History
Reconstruction - Overview of the Reconstruction Period in American History

13th Amendment - Text of the 13th Amendment
13th Amendment - Text of the 13th Amendment

14th Amendment Summary
The 14th Amendment was one of the key results of the Civil War that occurred during the Reconstruction era. Read all about this key amendment.

Timeline of the Reconstruction Era
Learn about the major events that occurred in American History during the Reconstruction Era.

Fourteenth Amendment
The fourteenth amendent was a key amendment in the history of civil rights.

Abraham Lincoln Biography - 16th President of the United States
This profile takes a look at the life of Abraham Lincoln, one of America's greatest presidents.

Fourteenth Amendment
The fourteenth amendent was a key amendment in the history of civil rights.

Andrew Johnson - Seventeenth President of the United States
Learn more about the 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson. This biography describes his early childhood through his career before the presidency to his time as president and his retirement.

Reconstruction by Frederick Douglass
About's Classic Literature Guide, Esther Lombardi, has presented this article by Frederick Douglass. Read Douglass advice on how best to reconcile the Southern states back into the Union.

Fourteenth Amendment
The fourteenth amendent was a key amendment in the history of civil rights.

Reconstruction
From the Reconstruction page from the Confederate Military History Page. The warning is made in the beginning that it has a strong Southern slant (very un-politically correct). But it is still a well-done 12-part page.

Reconstruction and Rights
The documents found on this page are speeches, debates and writings related to enfranchisment. These primary source documents provide a first-hand view of what the individuals involved in Reconstruction really thought.

Reconstruction in Georgia--A Bitter Peace
This site from Richard Irby for the North Georgia site gives a chronolgy of what Irby considers to be the three stages of reconstruction in Georgia.

The Thirteenth Amendment and Commentary
This site offers the text of the Thirteenth Amendment and additional background on the hurdles it took to get this amendment passed. In addition, this article discusses Lincoln's motivation in writing the Emancipation Proclamation.

Timeline of African-American History, 1852-1880
Nice timeline showing the important events for African-Americans from the Civil War through Reconstruction. This site offers a good overview but does not provide links to further information.

The Travails of Reconstruction
A brief overview of the problems encountered during Reconstruction is given. In addition this site offers primary source documents that give firsthand accounts detailing the travails of Reconstruction.

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