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The Reconstruction era 1865-77 included Lincoln's plan, Johnson's plan, and Radical Reconstruction 1867-77 at the national and state and local levels. Thomas Nast chronicled culture and politics in his cartoons, and D. W. Griffith later told the story of this era in his film Birth of a Nation. During the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant 1869-77, the KKK was suppressed, the transcontinental railroad built, homesteading began in the West, the Indian wars heated up after the failure of Grant's Peace Policy. A cattle boom began in Texas, and the mining boom that started in California expanded to other western states. Immigration to California caused nativism and federal regulation. The Centennial exposition of 1876 celebrated American progress, while the presidential election produced a constitutional crisis.

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XIV. Reconstruction

A. 3 kinds:

1. President

2. Congress

3. State

B. Impeachment

C. film BIRTH OF A NATION 1915 by D.W. Griffith

D. Thomas Nast

revised 3/25/02 | Parts 1 | 2 | 3| 4 | Nast | Class Page

revised 5/1/06 by Steven Schoenherr | Civil War