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The '''Reconstruction''' (1866-1876) was the period after the [[American Civil War]] during which the former [[Confederacy]] was occupied by Northern troops.  In the view of the North, this was to ensure that the [[Emancipation Proclamation]] was carried out; in the view of the South, as illustrated in the movie ''[[Gone With the Wind]]'', some northern officers abused their power during their prolonged occupation of the South.  The term [[carpetbaggers]] refers to northerners who migrated to South in order be elected to public office during the occupation.
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Equal rights based on race were promoted during this period -- for example, several African Americans were elected to Congress from the South.  '''Reconstruction''' came to an end when a stalemate in the [[United States presidential election of 1876]] led to the [[Compromise of 1877]], which required the North to end its occupation.
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After Reconstruction ended in 1877 segregationist [[Jim Crow laws]] were passed in the South, and the [[Ku Klux Klan]]'s racist influence continued into the 20th century.
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Revision as of 20:23, 16 January 2009

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