Authors such as: William Dean Howells, Rebecca Harding Davis, Henry James, Stephen Crane, Mark Twain, and others wrote fiction devoted to accurate representation and an exploration of American lives in various contexts.
"The Bowery at Night" by William Louis Sonntag - 1895
Started in 1863 when Lincoln announced a proposal called the "ten percent plan." Under this plan, former states would be readmitted into the Union if ten percent of white voters took an oath of loyalty to the Union.
The addressing of how the eleven seceding states would regain self-government and be reseated in Congress, the civil status of the former leaders of the Confederacy, and the Constitutional and legal status of freedmen