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This was the effort to have peace between the North and South after the Civil War finished, and also how to rebuild society again.



African Americans leaving their former masters to work in towns/cities. Usually it was whole communities that moved together.


African Methodist Episcopal Church

This church quadrupled in size after emancipation, and became one of the churches that gave black community its life, and also gave rise to other societies that helped protect the new freedoms that were won.


American Missionary Association

This association sent white women to be teachers and help the African Americans build a stable education for the South.


Freedmen's Bureau

This was created to provide food, clothing, medicine, and education to freedmen and white refugees.


General Oliver O. Howard

He was the man who was in charge of the Freedmen’s Bureau. He was a Union general, and eventually became president of Howard University.


Andrew Johnson

He was the President of the United States, and he tried to kill the Freedmen’s Bureau because he saw it as meddlesome and trying to usurp the white dominance (he was a white supremacist).


Lincoln's "10 percent plan"

This declared that a state could be readmitted into the US if when they voted in the Presidential Election and 10%


Wade-Davis Bill

Required 50% of state voters take an oath of allegiance and had stronger safeguards for emancipation. Put into place with the fear that slavery would happen again.


Radical Republicans

Group that believed that the South should pay for its sins. They wanted to uproot its social structure, punish the haughty planters, and protect the newly emancipated blacks.


Black Codes

These were put into place to regulate the rights of emancipated blacks. They aimed to ensure a stable and subservient labor force, restore the pre-emancipation race relations, and put awful burdens on freed blacks.


Labor Contracts

Contract that committed blacks to work for the same employer for one year with awful wages.



When a emancipated slave works for his master after being freed, and is eventually trapped in that master’s net for the rest of their lives.


Debt Peonage

When a black worker couldn’t pay back his debt so he was forced to work again for another year.


Civil Rights Bill

Conferred on blacks the privilege of American citizenship and struck at the Black Codes.


"Andy Veto"

What the president (Andrew Johnson) was called after he vetoed the Civil Rights Bill. He was overruled by Congress later.


Fourteenth Amendment

Conferred civil rights (including citizenship but excluding franchise), reduced representation of a state in Congress and Electoral college if it denied blacks to vote, dismissed confederates in office who had supported slavery, guaranteed federal debt.


Charles Sumner

The man who was caned on the Senate floor. After he recovered, he led the radicals in the Senate, and labored for black freedom and racial equality.


Thaddeus Stevens

Most powerful radical, who defended runaway slaves in court and was buried in a Black Cemetery.


Joint Committee on Reconstruction

House and Senate combined to help fight for African American rights.


Moderate Republicans

Republicans that believed the Southern States should be readmitted to the union as simply as possible.


Reconstruction Act

This legislation divided the south into five military districts, each commanded by a union general and policed by blue clad soldiers, about 20 thousand all told.


Fifteenth Amendment

It said that every man had the right to vote, despite race, color, or previous condition of servitude.


Military Reconstruction

The Supreme Court ruled that military tribunals could not try civilians in areas where the civil courts were open. The south was forced into equality by the North and they couldn’t get rid of that leader unless they ratified the 14th amendment and guaranteed universal male suffrage in their state constitution.



Democratic regimes that reverted the military back to democratic tactics


Home Rule

Regimes that reverted back to democratic tactics after the North left their states.


Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Women's rights activist that worked wholeheartedly for black emancipation and the right to vote for women and black people.


Susan B. Anthony

Another woman's rights activist that worked with Stanton. She got signatures (400000) to pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting slavery.


Woman's Loyal League

A group organized by women that gathered 400,000 signatures on petitions asking for the constitution to pass an amendment prohibiting slavery.


Fourteenth Amendment

Defined national citizenship for men, giving them the right to vote.

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