Reconstruction & The Origins of the "New South

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  • Lincoln Announces 10% Reconstruction Plan

    Lincoln Announces 10% Reconstruction Plan
    Lincoln's 10% Reconstruction Plan was an early plan to readmit the Confederate states and bring back a better Union as quickly and efficiently as possible. It was supported by his Vice President Andrew Johnson, who was fiercely opposed by the Radical Republican Congress after Lincoln's assassination. This plan never went in to effect, and if it had, it might have been better for the South as a whole. Only 10% had to pledge alligence to the Union to be readmitted as a state.
  • Lincoln assassinated

    Lincoln assassinated
    8 days after the Civil War ended, Lincoln and his wife were seeing My American Cousin,a comedy, at Ford's Theater, to celebrate the end of the war with friends. It was supposedly an extremely funny comedy, and as far as we know Lincoln was thoroughly enjoying his evening. Little did he know that John Wilkes Booth, an actor who was also a Southern sympathizer, had snuck up behind into the president's booth with a plan to be infamous for the rest of history. Booth shot Lincoln.
  • Freedman's Bureau established

    Freedman's Bureau established
    The Freedmen's Bureau was a primitive welfare system for free blacks that was proposed and established at the end of Lincoln's presidency. Things it accomplished were the set up of education in the South for blacks in public schools and the establishment of freedmen sympathizers from the North in the South. However, this didn't always go well for the Southerners who were being ruled by black symathizers. It may have even been racist. Blacks were elevated from bondage and whites were demoted.
  • Ku Klux Klan founded

    Ku Klux Klan founded
    The Ku Klux Klan was and is an organization designated to the betterment of whites and white supremacy. It is against integration of any other race except white protestants. It is extremely racist, not accepting of other cultures, and is, in a sense, a nightmare for those other races. It was founed by white supremists in the Old South in the 1860s. The KKK, as it was and is called, is infamous for the lynching of black freedmen in the late 1800s.
  • 14th Amendment

    14th Amendment
    The 14th Amendment backed up the Civil Rights Bill and put it into the Constitution, but did not hold up against the anti-black feelings in the South because it wasn't specific enough. It was later re-enforced by the 15th Amendment.
  • Ex parte Milligan

    Ex parte Milligan
    Ex parte Milligan was a Supreme Court case in which the Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for military tribunals to try civilians. It came about around the time of the Reconstruction Act, when the South was divided into 5 military districts and Union troops occupied the entire South.
  • Reconstruction Act

    Reconstruction Act
    The Reconstruction Act was a harsh act passed by Congress which divided up the South into 5 military districts controlled by Union officers and stationed troops all over the South, especially in major cities. It redefined the terms of readmission into the Union for states and was overall unaccepted and hated by the South.
  • 15th Amendment

    15th Amendment
    The Fifteenth Amendment specifically outlined that no one could be denied the right to vote on the basis of "race, color, or previous servitude". It guaranteed black suffrage. It also allowed Congress to allow any enforcement of this amendment so that those who had been denied the right to vote now had their right upheld.
  • Force Acts

    Force Acts
    the Force acts were designed to destroy the KKK's rule of the South and advance black civil rights. It didn't work because it was impossible to enforce. the KKK had many resources and could do what they willed because they had the support of almost all white officials.
  • Reconstruction ends

    Reconstruction ends
    Reconstruction ended because the country decided there were better things to do and they were stuck in a deadlock. They had achieved black suffrage and established them as citizens of the United States with the addition of rebuilding the South and attempting to bring it back to some of its former glory. All in all, Reconstruction was a complete failure and caused lots of trouble in later years.