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Reconstruction Acts Passed by U.S. Congress

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Reconstruction: The U.S. Congress passes the Reconstruction Acts. These four law establish certain requirements which the former Confederate states must fulfill in order for their readmission to the Union to be complete. Until then, their governments are replaced by military governors with the ten states grouped into five military districts under martial law.

Each state has to create a new state constitution which must be approved by Congress. Each state must ratify the 14th Amendment and protect the rights of freed black slaves to vote.

President Andrew Johnson originally vetoed the laws, but Congress is able to override his veto because it's controlled by radical Republicans. White leaders in the South renounce slavery and secession, but they hold firm on white supremacism and the Christian basis for segregation.

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