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13th Amendment is ratified, abolishing slavery in the US. Black Codes are almost immediately enacted to restrict the rights of African Americans.
Civil Rights Act of 1866 is passed granting African American's citizenship and guaranteeing them equal rights. White civilians begin to riot in the South.
Ku Klux Klan is founded to intimidate and harm African Americans, in attempt to "restore white power"
14th Amendment is passed guaranteeing due process and equal protection under the law to African Americans.
Election of 1868 Ulysses S. Grant is elected president.
First Black Senator, Hiram Revels of Mississippi is elected to U.S. Senate
15th Amendment is ratified, giving African American men the right to vote.
Civil Rights Act of 1875 is enacted by Congress, guaranteeing equal rights to African Americans in public accommodations as well as jury service. (This Act was years later ruled unconstitutional)
Special Field Order 15, sets aside confiscated plantation land for black families
President Johnson announces his plan of Presidential Reconstruction
Tennessee is first Confederate state to return to Union
Black men vote in D.C.
Congress passes the first series of Reconstruction Acts. "Radical" Reconstruction begins.
2nd Reconstruction Act military commanders in each southern district are to register all qualified adult males to vote
Grant is Reelected
Rutherford B. Hayes is elected president
Amnesty Act is signed by Grant giving all a few hundred former Confederates political privileges
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