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Nation of Nations A Concise Narrative of the American Republic Book Cover Image
Nation of Nations: A Concise Narrative of the American Republic, 3/e
James West Davidson, Historian
William E. Gienapp, Harvard University
Christine Leigh Heyrman, University of Delaware
Mark H. Lytle, Bard College
Michael B. Stoff, University of Texas, Austin

Resconstructing the Union (1865-1877)

Learning Objectives

When you have finished studying this chapter, you should be able to:

Discuss the twofold challenge of Reconstruction following the defeat of the Confederacy.

Describe Lincoln's and Johnson's plans of Reconstruction, and the failure of Johnson's program.

Describe the growing conflict between Johnson and Congress over Reconstruction.

Discuss the nature of Congressional Reconstruction, including the principal laws and amendments passed as part of this program.

Discuss the course of Reconstruction in the southern states, including the aspirations and experiences of black southerners.

Describe the abandonment of Reconstruction, the causes for its failure, and its racial legacy.