Reconstruction took place after the American civil war and was aimed at reuniting the broken country. President Abraham Lincoln played a big role in the process of reconstruction. He contributed to a more peaceful resolution between north and south and the readmittance of southern states into the union. The reconstruction process split the southern states into five regions and put them under military control. Reconstruction ended with the emancipation proclamation which freed all slaves. As a result blacks gained many rights including citizenship. This marked a turning point in American history and set the base for the free America that we have today.
Republican Reconstruction "pandered to the ignorant negroes, the knavish white natives and the vulturous adventurers who flocked to the North."
- W.E.B Du Bois
“The consolidation of the states into one vast empire, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of ruin which has overwhelmed all that preceded it.”
― Robert E. Lee