Reconstruction in Newspapers

Reconstruction is often defined as the period of American history between the end of the Civil War (in 1865) and 1877. It was a controversial time when the federal government controlled the states of the former Confederacy. Certain new rights were granted to African Americans on a national level, but restrictive state laws codified discriminatory practices.

Explore the topics below to learn more about this period through newspaper articles and clippings.