The Reconstruction Era is the time period that occurred immediately after the Civil War in 1865 to 1877. This era was focused on the rights African-Americans would have since the 13th through 15th amendments to the constitution freed them and granted them citizenship. Lincoln and Andrew Johnson both wanted to take a moderate approach and slowly acclimate the African-Americans into society. However, Radical Republicans were pushing to speed this process along. Unfortunately, the Democrats, who had the opposite opinion, took control and the acclimation was drastically slowed after 1877.
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