Quiz 22: The Ordeal of Reconstruction, 1865-1877
It Has Been Wryly Observed That "The North Won the Civil
It has been wryly observed that "the North won the Civil War, but the South won Reconstruction." Interpret this statement and assess its truth.
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The Fourteenth Amendment is commonly referred to as one of the most important additions to the Constitution. Why is this the case? What was necessary for the protections of political and voting rights in the Fourteenth Amendment to become a reality in the South?
The text authors claim that the midterm elections of 1866 were "more crucial than some presidential elections." Do you agree? Why or why not?
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