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Making of America
Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.
Reconstruction, one of the most turbulent and controversial eras in American history, began during the Civil War and ended in 1877.
The Union victory in the Civil War in 1865 may have given some 4 million slaves their freedom, but the process of rebuilding the South during the Reconstruction period (1865-1877) introduced a new set of significant challenges.
Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877
Streaming video from Films on Demand :This archival educational film shot in 1965 examines the Civil War and Reconstruction as they affected the nation's African-American population.
Reconstruction the Second Civil War
DVD available at Stafford Library
Tells the story of how ordinary Americans struggled to reconstruct their lives in the years immediately following the Civil War. Shows the struggles and triumphs of both African Americans and whites in the North and the South.
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Economic Factors in the Abandonment of Reconstruction
Mississippi Valley Historical Review v.22, no.2, Sep. 1935
Ku Klux Klan
Designation mainly given to two distinct secret societies that played a part in American history, although other less important groups have also used the name. The first Ku Klux Klan was an organization that thrived in the South during the Reconstruction period following the Civil War. The second was a nationwide organization that flourished after World War I. Subsequent groups calling themselves the Ku Klux Klan sprang up in much of the South after World War II and in response to civil-rights a
The term Reconstruction refers to the period in American history immediately following the U.S. Civil War—from 1867 to 1877—during which efforts were made to assist former slaves as they made the transition from slavery to freedom. In spite of federal legislative initiatives and three new constitutional amendments extending civil liberties to African Americans, much of the Reconstruction effort remained incomplete when federal troops left the South in 1877.
Reconstruction - Encyclopedia of American Studies
Generally dating from 1865 to 1877, Reconstruction is the term describing the period of readjustment following the American Civil War. The term is instructive on many levels. Physically, the destruction wrought in the South by the invading Union forces was enormous and there was little local financing for rebuilding. Socially, chaos reigned in the South: the old social and economic order founded on slavery had collapsed completely, with nothing to replace it. Nationally, the eleven Confederate states somehow had to be restored to their positions in the Union, provided with loyal governments, but without allowing Northerners to feel that the war had been for nothing. Finally, the role of the emancipated slaves in Southern society had to be defined. In sum, a region, but also a nation, demanded reconstruction in 1865.
Reconstruction Topic Page
1865–77, in U.S. history, the period of readjustment following the Civil War. At the end of the Civil War, the defeated South was a ruined land. The physical destruction wrought by the invading Union forces was enormous, and the old social and economic order founded on slavery had collapsed completely, with nothing to replace it.
Scalawags, Carpetbaggers, and Reconstruction
Journal of Southern History
v.45, no.1, Feb. 1979
An Overview of the AAS Historical Periodicals Collection 1866-1877
The article provides an overview of the "American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 5, 1866-1877." The period was notable as the time of reconstruction after the U.S. Civil War and the periodicals help provide insights into the American culture of the period and considers topics as diverse as religion, the social and economic roles of women and children, consumption, industry, and agriculture.
American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection
The American Antiquarian Society is the collection documenting the life of America's people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction, giving digital access a collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912. The historical periodicals collection contains digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals and provides rich content detailing American history and culture, including advertising, health, women's issues, science, the history of slavery, industry and professions, religious issues, culture and the arts, and more.