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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.

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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 Timeline: 40 facts and events about the Reconstruction era in a timeline format

The Wild West: The start of the period referred to the Wild West - Facts on gunslingers and lawmen

Cowboys of the Old West: The cowboys, cattle herders, ranchers and the cattle drives

Cowboy Clothes 1800s: Description and history of cowboy clothes worn in the 1880s

13th Amendment ratified: The 13th Amendment was ratified on December 6, 1865.

The Black Codes: Laws enacted in the Southern states to restrict the freedom of ex-slaves in the South. 

Civil Rights Act of 1866: Legislation to help African Americans obtain equal status under the law.

Civil Rights Act of 1866 Text: Read the original words and text of the Civil Rights Act

14th Amendment 1866: Citizenship Rights

The Ku Klux Klan: Read about the origins and history of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)

Carpetbaggers: Facts about the Carpetbaggers, opportunist Northerners who went to the South

Scalawags: Native Southerners who looked to gain during the Reconstruction Era

The Reconstruction Acts: Also known as the Military Reconstruction Act giving control to Radical Republicans in Congress

Tenure of Office Act: The Tenure of Office Act was to limit the powers of the President

The Purchase of Alaska: William Henry Seward, purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million

Seward's Folly: More facts and information about Seward's Folly, aka the Purchase of Alaska

Impeachment of Andrew Johnson: The history and events leading to the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

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

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 Inventions: Learn 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 History: Learn about the effects and impact of Industrialization and the riots, strikes and emergence of the first unions

Rise of Big Business and Corporations: The Rise of Big Business, the Corporations, Monopolies and Trusts.

1800's Child Labor in America: The 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 Amendment: The 15th Amendment is about Race No Bar to Vote.

Women's suffrage: Advocates of women's suffrage  were angered by the 15th Amendment granting suffrage to former slaves but not to women

Black Segregation History: Detailed facts and information on racial segregation in America

Segregation History Timeline: Fast facts in this history timeline on black segregation in America

Black Populism: History timeline and facts about Black Populism

Enforcement Acts including the Ku Klux Klan Act: Protecting African Americans from violence

The Panic of 1873: Panic of 1873, a serious economic crisis that led to riots, strikes and civil unrest

Civil Rights Act of 1875: Enforcement Acts to extend the fundamental guarantees of the Constitution

Transcontinental Railroad: The Union Pacific Transcontinental Railroad linked the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic in 1869

The Molly Maguires: 1877 The Molly Maguires were a secret society of Irish coal miners in Pennsylvania

Knights of Labor: 1869 The Knights of Labor was the first major American labor union

Jim Crow Laws: Jim Crow Laws were Southern laws that legalized segregation

1869 Black Friday Scandal: 1869 Attempt by two Wall Street speculators to corner the gold market

Credit Mobilier Scandal: 1872 Corruption by the Union Pacific Railroad and Credit Mobilier construction co.

Great Chicago Fire of 1871: The Great Chicago Fire caused $200 million dollars of destruction

Whiskey Ring Scandal: 1875 Conspiracy by distillers to avoid the excise taxes on liquor

Battle of Little Bighorn: The 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 Scandal: 1876 aka the Indian Ring, in which the Secretary of War, William Belknap, received bribes

Grantism: Tax evasion, bribery and taking kickbacks in the Grant administration

Sharecropping and Tenant Farming: Tenant 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 Reconstruction: The deal between Democrats and Republicans that made Rutherford Hayes president, restored " Home Rule" in the South and ended Reconstruction

Great Railroad Strike of 1877: The first nationwide strike in the United States

Rise of Big Business and Corporations: The Rise of Big Business, the Corporations, Monopolies and Trusts.

Captains of Industry: The inventors and entrepreneurs who made a positive impact on America

The Robber Barons: The emergence of the ruthless American Capitalists

The Great Migration of the Exodusters: History 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 Garfield: Learn 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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