At the end of the Civil War, the United States was still a very divided place. 700,000 people had died in a bitter fight over slavery. Reconstruction was the political process meant to bring the country back together.
It was also the mechanism by which the country would extend the rights of citizenship to Black Americans, particularly those who had been recently emancipated.
Today we’ll learn about the Reconstruction amendments, the Freedman’s Bureau, and the election of 1876, among other things.