The Reconstruction One of the most turbulent and controversial eras in American history.
Lasting Legacy <ul><li>The 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments were inducted in the U.S. Constitution during the time of Reconstruction. </li></ul>
Casting the vote <ul><li>This engraving depicts three members of the black community - an artisan, a member of the middle class, and a soldier - standing in line to cast their ballots. </li></ul>
The 15th Amendment <ul><li>The Fifteenth Amendment, adopted in 1870, prevented states and the federal government from restricting suffrage based on "race, color, or previous condition of servitude. </li></ul>
Southern propaganda aimed to exploit organizations that sought the benefit of freed slaves. <ul><li>The Freedman’s Bureau: </li></ul><ul><li>This cartoon's racist imagery played upon public fears that government assistance would benefit indolent freedmen at the expense of white workers. </li></ul><ul><li>The caption from the online exhibit is as follows: "The national debate over reconstruction, and in particular, the Freedman's Bureau, is evident in a campaign broadside from Pennsylvania's gubernatorial campaign of 1866. </li></ul>
Formation of white supremacist groups <ul><li>1868 Republican cartoon identifies Democratic candidate Horatio Seymour (right panel) with KKK violence and with Confederate soldiers (left panel). </li></ul>
The Black Codes <ul><li>A series of laws passed by Southern states to define freedman's rights and responsibilities, considered by many Northerners as just another form of slavery . </li></ul>Selling a Freeman to Pay His Fine at Monticello, Florida,"
Reconstruction: Was it achieved? <ul><li>This elaborate allegory with religious overtones embodies the lofty ideals associated with the early years of Reconstruction. The United States, depicted as a colossal pavillion, is literally being reconstructed as the old columns of slavery are replaced with Justice, Liberty, and Education </li></ul>
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