The Reconstruction Era

Write a brief paragraph to answer each of the following questions. Your answers must be in complete sentences (no bullet points). You must also answer the question in all parts, with specifics from the readings and lecture notes in order to receive full credit. ***A multi-part question should have a multi-part answer.

  1. What was the Compromise of 1877? How did it end the Reconstruction Era?
  2. What were the political implications of Ku Klux Klan terrorism?
  3. Explain the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. How did it transform the role of the federal government?
  4. How did efforts to extract natural resources transform the American West in the second half of the nineteenth century?
  5. Who were the women of the western frontier? What motivations drove their efforts? What impact did they have?
  6. What was “Social Darwinism”? How was it used to justify the growth in economic inequality?
  7. What were political machines? How did they operate within major cities?
  8. How were baseball and football at the center of new leisure and mass culture in the late 1800s?
  9. How did the United States go from a technological borrower to a technological innovator in the second half of the nineteenth century?
  10. Explain “Freedom of Contract,” and how it was used by employers to justify their policies.

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