The period directly after the Civil War called Reconstruction is a fascinating time in U.S. history. The war had just ended, and politicians needed to figure out how to reconstruct the nation. They needed to: 1) reunite the North and South; 2) help freed slaves integrate successfully into society; and 3) reconstruct a largely-destroyed South socially, economically, and politically. In doing so, 3 plans were put forward to reconstruct the nation by 3 key players: Abraham Lincoln, the Radical Republicans, and Andrew Johnson. (Check out the comparison chart in the document below.) Between these three, they pushed through the most progressive equal rights laws the nation had ever seen! Check out the picture above. The U.S.'s first black senators were voted into office were in the 1870s. Surprised? That's because this era of equality was short-lived due to that evil toxin, fear. (Fear and the backlash of Reconstruction is what Sebastian's presentation will be about on Wednesday.) People of color wouldn't see equal rights again until the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, almost 100 years later...
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