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Primary Sources: Reconstruction Era (After U.S. Civil War)

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Hello and welcome to the Primary Source Guide on the Reconstruction Era. The Reconstruction era was the period after the American Civil War from 1865 to 1877, during which the United States grappled with the challenges of reintegrating into the Union the states that had seceded and determining the legal status of African Americans. This guide will provide you the researcher a substantial amount of primary sources on various topics and subjects pertaining to the Reconstruction Era. This guide is a living document as new credible sources either in print or online format will be added or removed in the case of a link that no longer works. I hope this guide proves useful to you. 

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