The Civil War: The Reconstruction Period

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In 1895, the Union’s win during the civil war brought freedom to about four million slaves in the United States. Almost immediately after the ending of the civil war, the south went into what is known as the “Reconstruction period.” This lasted from 1865-1877. In 1867, the rise of the Radical Republicans began. During what was known as the radical reconstruction, the now free African-Americans were starting to get a voice in the government. However, due to a large amount of southerners still thinking that the blacks were inferior, the Ku Klux Klan was formed. President Andrew Johnson announced that he was going to give the southern states free reign over how they choose reconstructed their states. In theory, giving the states right to build
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