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The Union in Peril

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Antietam
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
Scalawag
A white farmer in the South with a small farm.
Hiram Revels
first black senator
Sharecropping
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.
Redeemers
Southern Democrats who wanted to 'reclaim' the South and control it politically.