Civil War & Reconstruction

1861 - 1877

The Civil War put constitutional government to its severest test as a long debate over the power of the federal government versus state rights reached a climax. The war’s outcome preserved the Union, while releasing the entire nation from the oppressive weight of slavery but was followed by economic devastation in the South.
Lincoln deliversGettysburg Address EmancipationProclamation Lincoln was assassinated Thirteenth Amendmentto the Constitution was validated Civil Rights Act of 1866 End of Era 1861 1863 1865 1877 1866 First transcontinentalrailroad completed 1869

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