Reconstruction 1865-77 Timeline


History: USA
Reconstruction Timeline


  • Lincoln’s Assassination

    • Shot on 14th April by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC. He died on 15th April

  • 13th Amendment

    • Abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime


  • Presidential Reconstruction

    • Under President Andrew Johnson after Lincoln’s assassination

    • Wanted to restore the Union in as little time as possible

    • He returned confiscated property to white southerners, issued hundreds of pardons to former Confederate officers, and undermined the Freedmen’s Bureau

    • He also appointed governors to supervise the drafting of new state constitutions and agreed to readmit the former seceded states once they had ratified the 13th Amendment

  • Klu Klux Klan founded

    • In Tennessee a group of Confederate veterans gather to create a secret society


  • Reconstruction Acts

    • First Reconstruction Act - Divided the formerly seceded states into 5 military districts, each governed by a Union general. Troops were dispatched to keep the peace and to protect former slaves

    • Second Reconstruction Act - Union troops were placed in charge of voter registration

    • Third Reconstruction Act - Gave supreme power to the 5 Union generals overseeing the Reconstruction in the 5 districts in the South


  • 14th Amendment

    • Addressed citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws and was proposed in response to issues


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