The Civil War legally ended slavery and brought in the Era of Reconstruction. Reconstruction is an example of the notion that it was easier to change political institutions than cultural assumptions related to slavery. Discuss how Reconstruction reflects the nations attempt to promote justice and healing. Discuss specific policies of the state and federal governments relating to the end of slavery and the new social status of many former slaves, as well as how society accepted and implemented (or failed to accept and implement) those changes.
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