Reconstruction Storyboard

Reconstruction Storyboard

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Main events of the U.S. reconstruction.

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  • Southern Rejection of Thirteenth Amendment
  • I've heard that all blacks are now free and have U.S. citizenship, and yet I'm still stuck here working for nothing....
  • Fourteenth Amendment
  • I'm free now!
  • Ulysses S. Grant Elected President
  • I'm president now, and I'll finally reconstruct the Union because I'm allied with the Republicans!
  • Many Southern slave owners still treated former slaves as slaves despite the implementation of the Thirteenth Amendment, many brushing it off as simply a Northern lie and rumor. This resulted in the continuation of slavery through the Black Codes.
  • Fifteenth Amendment
  • 3 years after the addition of the Thirteenth Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment was introduced. It allowed all people born or naturalized in the U.S. to have citizenship and to be protected by the law. However, this did not completely protect former slaves due to racism.
  • Freedmen's Bureau Abolished
  • A former war hero and general of the Union army in the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant was elected president in 1869. He failed to successfully reconstruct the Union despite his allegiance to the Radical Republicans.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1875
  • My rights are now protected by law, and I can now live more free!
  • The Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was introduced in 1870. It allowed all male citizens to vote, regardless of their previous job or race.
  • I can vote now!
  • In 1872, the Freedmen's Bureau was abolished by Congress. The organization was never able to successfully carry out its goals due to insufficient funding.
  • We've been abolished, and now we cannot help integrate the four million African Americans into society.
  • In 1875, the Civil Rights Act was enacted. It gave equal right to African Americans and was made to protect their rights. Later, Congress declared this act unconstitutional.
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