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Chapter Objectives

Chapter Objective
The student will describe the political conflict over how to rebuild the South after the Civil War and evaluate the impact of Reconstruction on African Americans and other Southerners.

SECTION 1 Rebuilding the Union

  1. To describe why Reconstruction was needed
  2. To analyze the conflict that developed over Reconstruction and identify the goals of Radical Republicans
  3. To explain the impact of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Fourteenth Amendment
  4. To evaluate the effects of Reconstruction

SECTION 2 Reconstruction and Daily Life

  1. To describe the responses of African Americans to freedom
  2. To trace the establishment of African-American schools
  3. To evaluate the impact of land reform, sharecropping, and the contract system
  4. To describe the development of the Ku Klux Klan

SECTION 3 End of Reconstruction

  1. To evaluate the impact of Grant's election and the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment
  2. To analyze Grant's administration
  3. To explain events that led to the end of Reconstruction
  4. To analyze the legacy of Reconstruction