Significance Of The Reconstruction Act

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Short Answer Response Assignment 1 Part one – Define and describe the significance
1. Reconstruction Acts – after the civil war four bills were passed by the United States Congress in 1867 in order to bring the country back together, providing the process and criteria that would allow the Southern states with the exception Tennessee, readmission into the Union. (Ohio Civil War Central, 2015)
The significance of the Reconstruction act was the division of the south into five military districts; loyal freed male now allowed to vote, ex-confederate denied rights to hold office could not vote and safeguarding equal rights for African American
2. Civil Rights Act 1866 and 1875 - according to encyclopedia the “The civil rights acts of 1866 and 1875 were passed by the U.S. Congress in an effort to make full citizens of and guarantee the rights of the freed slaves.” (Encyclopedia.com, 2015)
a. The Civil Rights Act of 1866 - the fourteen amendment was offered by congress giving all African American citizenship and assured that all law applied mutually to African American and whites. "An Act to protect all Persons in the United States in their Civil Rights, and furnish the Means of their Vindication". (PBS.org, 2015)
Significance: Civil Rights Act of 1866 was a breaking point in the life African American struggling for equality. (american-historama.org, 2015) In addition, southern states were not allowed to readmit to the union without endorsement of the Fourteen Amendment.
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