How and why did Reconstruction policies change over time?

May 30: The Era of Reconstruction

Reading:  Shi and Tindall, ch. 16.

May 31: Discussion 1 composed

June 1: Discussion 1 due

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Choose one (1) question.

  1. What major challenges faced the federal government in reconstructing the South after the Civil War during the period from 1865 to 1877?
  2. How and why did Reconstruction policies change over time?
  3.  In what ways did white and black southerners react to Reconstruction?
  4. What was the significance of Reconstruction for the nation’s future?