Reconstruction to the Great Depression;
We enter a period called the "Reconstuction", which can refer to one of two things, and they're both somewhat related. At this point, the North had just won the Civil war and occupied the South. Sadly, for Abraham Lincoln this was two months after he was assassinated. When we talk about the Reconstruction period, again it can refer to one of two things; One, is the recontruction of the war. Obviously there was a lot of damage and they needed to have a point where they could rebuild and recover from the war. But most commonly referred to as the Reconstruction of the South, and to kind of reform the South, if you will. Now, the three big things that happened in this period was that the United States passed the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth ammendments. These are known as the Reconstruction ammendments. In 1865 you have the thirteenth ammendment; The abolishment of slavery. In 1845 was the Annexation of Texas, ordered by Lincoln. But at this point, became law that it was illegal to own slaves. And in 1868 you have the fourteenth ammendment, which made everyone born in the United States, a citizen. Including the slaves, which after the 13th ammendment was passed meant they were free. And lastly, in 1870 we have the 15th ammendment. Which gave all free men the right to vote. Now, women since they were not allowed to go to war, obviously still were not allowed to vote.