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President Lincoln is assassinated and Andrew Johnson becomes president
Congress passes Freedmen's Bureau Act but President Johnson vetoes it.
Congress refuses to recognize the state governments reconstructed under Johnson's plan.
Beginning of the reconstruction
President Johnson introduces his reconstruction plan.
Congress enacts the Civil Rights Act of 1866
A riot about race erupts in Memphis.
Congress approves a proposed 14th Amendment to the U.S. constitution
Congress passes the Freedmen's Bureau Act for the second time.
Congress passes the first Reconstruction Act.
Congress passes the second Reconstruction Act.
Congress passes third Reconstruction Act
Congress passes fourth Reconstruction Act
The remaining 10 unreconstructed states vote to hold constitutional conventions.
The House of Representatives impeach President Andrew Johnson.
The 14th Amendment is approved by the required number of states and becomes part of the US constitution.
IMAGE from the riot in Memphis
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