Impact of Reconstruction on African-Americans

President Lincoln wanted America to take a moderate approach when it was time to rebuild the country, and reconstruct the South, at the end of the Civil War.  After his assassination, however, things did not proceed the way Lincoln had urged.

"Radical Republicans" did not want former Confederate politicians coming to power in the newly unified country.  Southern Democrats did not want African-Americans to assume law-making positions.

Legal rights for African-Americans were granted, then taken away as new laws - passed by a different Congress - either greatly impeded or removed those same rights.

This clip, from a Discovery Education documentary, reviews a troubled time during American history.

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