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Single bloodiest day in American history

13th amendment

abolished slavery

14th amendment

made former slaves citizens

15th amendment

allowed former slaves to vote

Freedmen's Bureau

this organization was to help former slaves to gain education, skills and employment


A white farmer in the South with a small farm.

Hiram Revels

first black senator


a system where a family is given a small plot of land to work in exchange for some of the crops. This wasn't much different from slavery.

Ku Klux Klan

A hate group started by former confederate soldiers after the war in order to prevent former slaves from gaining any power in the South. They used hatred and violence.


Southern Democrats who wanted to 'reclaim' the South and control it politically.

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