Reconstruction Era

 

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Reconstruction Era and Gilded Age: 1866 - 1881
The articles in this section on United States History for Kids relate to the dates covered from 1866-1881 the Reconstruction Era that lead on to the 'Gilded Age'. The Reconstruction Era was the
period in American History when the Southern States were occupied by Federal troops as the state governments, their economies and the infrastructures were rebuilt. It was also the period in American history that saw the emergence of the Carpetbaggers, the Scalawags, the Black Codes, the Ku Klux Klan and the Jim Crow Laws. The leaders of the country who were elected president during the Reconstruction Era, and helped to make United States History, were Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant and the end of the Reconstruction era during the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes followed by the assassination of James Garfield.

Reconstruction Era: United States History from 1866 - 1881
Find interesting facts, history and important information about United States History from 1866 - 1881 in the Reconstruction Era and the Gilded Age with a short summary and definition followed by detailed info about each of these important historical events.

Reconstruction Era: United States History from 1866 - 1881
This article about the Reconstruction Era in United States History is presented in a unique way by linking the most famous events in the Reconstruction era of 1866 - 1881 with the presidents who were in power during the time when these important events in American history occurred. An easy way to discover facts, dates and information about the Important historical events in each of the Presidencies that occured during the Reconstruction Era of United States history that spanned from 1866 - 1881.

President Andrew Johnson and the Reconstruction Era: United States History from 1866 - 1881
Important events in United States History during the presidency of Andrew Johnson includes the Reconstruction, 13th Amendment ratified, The Fourteenth Amendment 1866, Ku Klux Klan, The Reconstruction Acts, 1867, The Purchase of Alaska and the Impeachment of Johnson - United States History for Kids:

 

Reconstruction Era: United States History from 1866 - 1881
Andrew Johnson Presidency (1865-1869)

President Andrew Johnson

Facts, biography, accomplishments and biography of the life of Andrew Johnson and summaries of important events during his presidency.

  
Reconstruction Era and Timeline40 facts and events about the Reconstruction era in a timeline format
  
The Wild WestThe start of the period referred to the Wild West - Facts on gunslingers and lawmen
  
Cowboys of the Old WestThe cowboys, cattle herders, ranchers and the cattle drives
  
Cowboy Clothes 1800sDescription and history of cowboy clothes worn in the 1880s
  
13th Amendment ratifiedThe 13th Amendment was ratified on December 6, 1865.
  
The Black CodesLaws enacted in the Southern states to restrict the freedom of ex-slaves in the South. 
  
Civil Rights Act of 1866Legislation to help African Americans obtain equal status under the law.
  
Civil Rights Act of 1866 TextRead the original words and text of the Civil Rights Act
  
14th Amendment 1866Citizenship Rights
  
The Ku Klux KlanRead about the origins and history of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
  
CarpetbaggersFacts about the Carpetbaggers, opportunist Northerners who went to the South
  
ScalawagsNative Southerners who looked to gain during the Reconstruction Era
  
The Reconstruction ActsAlso known as the Military Reconstruction Act giving control to Radical Republicans in Congress
  
Tenure of Office ActThe Tenure of Office Act was to limit the powers of the President
  
The Purchase of AlaskaWilliam Henry Seward, purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million
  
Seward's FollyMore facts and information about Seward's Folly, aka the Purchase of Alaska
  
Impeachment of Andrew JohnsonThe history and events leading to the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
  

Reconstruction Era: United States History from 1866 - 1881 - Andrew Johnson Presidency

 

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The Gilded Age

The period after Reconstruction is often referred to as the 'Gilded Age'. The 'Gilded Age' was a sarcastic term coined by Mark Twain to describe the time when many acquired wealth and opulent lifestyles through bribery and corruption. These people lived a golden existence but it was merely a facade of gold paint (gild) that covered over a multitude of crime, fraud and corruption.

 

Gilded Age: United States History

Industrial Revolution InventionsLearn about the Industrial Revolution Inventions that led to Industrialization in the United States
  
Industrialization in America The Reasons and effects of Industrialization in America
  
US Labor Unions HistoryLearn about the effects and impact of Industrialization and the riots, strikes and emergence of the first unions
  
Rise of Big Business and CorporationsThe Rise of Big Business, the Corporations, Monopolies and Trusts.
  
1800's Child Labor in AmericaThe Causes and Working conditions of Child Labor in America during the 1800's
  

Gilded Age: United States History

President Ulysses S. Grant and the Reconstruction Era: United States History from 1866 - 1881
Important events in United States History during the presidency of Ulysses S Grant includes the Fifteenth Amendment, The Black Friday Scandal, Credit Mobilier Scandal, Whiskey Ring Scandal, Battle of Little Bighorn and the Belknap Bribery Scandal. This period is sometimes referred to as the Gilded Age - United States History for Kids:

 

Reconstruction and Gilded Age: United States History from 1866 to 1881
Ulysses S. Grant Presidency (1869-1873) & (1873-1877)

President Ulysses Grant

Facts, biography, accomplishments and biography of the life of Ulysses Grant and summaries of important events during his presidency.

  
The Fifteenth AmendmentThe 15th Amendment is about Race No Bar to Vote.
  
Women's suffrageAdvocates of women's suffrage  were angered by the 15th Amendment granting suffrage to former slaves but not to women
  
Black Segregation HistoryDetailed facts and information on racial segregation in America
  
Segregation History TimelineFast facts in this history timeline on black segregation in America
  
Black PopulismHistory timeline and facts about Black Populism
  
Enforcement Acts including the Ku Klux Klan ActProtecting African Americans from violence
  
The Panic of 1873Panic of 1873, a serious economic crisis that led to riots, strikes and civil unrest
  
Civil Rights Act of 1875Enforcement Acts to extend the fundamental guarantees of the Constitution
  
Transcontinental RailroadThe Union Pacific Transcontinental Railroad linked the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic in 1869
  
The Molly Maguires1877 The Molly Maguires were a secret society of Irish coal miners in Pennsylvania
  
Knights of Labor1869 The Knights of Labor was the first major American labor union
  
Jim Crow LawsJim Crow Laws were Southern laws that legalized segregation
  
1869 Black Friday Scandal1869 Attempt by two Wall Street speculators to corner the gold market
  
Credit Mobilier Scandal1872 Corruption by the Union Pacific Railroad and Credit Mobilier construction co.
  
Great Chicago Fire of 1871The Great Chicago Fire caused $200 million dollars of destruction
  
Whiskey Ring Scandal1875 Conspiracy by distillers to avoid the excise taxes on liquor
  
Battle of Little BighornThe famous battle in which the 7th Cavalry led by General George Custer were all killed by Native American Indians led by Chief Sitting Bull.
  
Belknap Bribery Scandal1876 aka the Indian Ring, in which the Secretary of War, William Belknap, received bribes
  
GrantismTax evasion, bribery and taking kickbacks in the Grant administration
  
Sharecropping and Tenant FarmingTenant farming and the Sharecropping system replaced slavery
  

Reconstruction and Gilded Age: United States History from 1866 - 1881 - Ulysses S. Grant Presidency

President Rutherford Hayes and the Reconstruction Era: United States History from 1866 - 1881
Important events in United States History during the presidency of Rutherford B Hayes includes the Compromise of 1881 - End of Reconstruction, Great Railroad Strike of 1881 and Civil Service Reforms - United States History for Kids:

 

Gilded Age: United States History from 1866 to 1881
Rutherford Hayes Presidency (1877-1881)

President Rutherford Hayes

Facts, biography, accomplishments and biography of the life of Rutherford Hayes and summaries of important events during his presidency.

  
The Compromise of 1877 - End of ReconstructionThe deal between Democrats and Republicans that made Rutherford Hayes president, restored " Home Rule" in the South and ended Reconstruction
  
Great Railroad Strike of 1877The first nationwide strike in the United States
  
Rise of Big Business and CorporationsThe Rise of Big Business, the Corporations, Monopolies and Trusts.
  
Captains of IndustryThe inventors and entrepreneurs who made a positive impact on America
  
The Robber BaronsThe emergence of the ruthless American Capitalists
  
The Great Migration of the ExodustersHistory of the Exodusters, the Great Migration of African Americans to Kansas
  

Gilded Age: United States History from 1866 - 1881 - Rutherford Hayes Presidency

President James Garfield and the Gilded Age: United States History from 1866 - 1881
Important events in United States History during the presidency of James Garfield includes the assassination of the president by Charles Julius Guiteau - United States History for Kids:

 

Gilded Age: United States History from 1866 to 1881
James Garfield Presidency (1881)

President James Garfield

Facts, biography, accomplishments and biography of the life of James Garfield and summaries of important events during his presidency.

  
Assassination of James GarfieldLearn about the murder of President Garfield by Charles Julius Guiteau
  

Gilded Age: United States History from 1866 - 1881 - James Garfield Presidency

Crash Course in American History: Summaries of Events in the Reconstruction Era and Gilded Age
A fast overview, or crash course in American History, during the Reconstruction Era can be obtained from the interesting and important articles on United States History for Kids that can be found in the section. There are summaries and definitions of the key historical events for each of the presidencies of the Reconstruction Era from 1866 - 1881.

United States History for Kids: Video of US Presidents
The articles in the Reconstruction section of the United States History for Kids website provides historical facts and information about the important historical events that occurred from 1866 - 1881. The following video will give you additional important facts, history and dates about the personal and political lives of all the US Presidents of the New Nation Era, adding to your knowledge of United States History.

 

 

Reconstruction Era: 1866 - 1881
 
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