Radical Reconstructionists attempted to______. Select one: a. Exclude African Americans from participating in elections. b. Gain more rights for newly freed African Americans. c. Gain more...

Radical Reconstructionists attempted to______.

Select one:
a. Exclude African Americans from participating in elections.
b. Gain more rights for newly freed African Americans.
c. Gain more support from Southern whites.

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Radical Reconstructionists wanted to give more rights for the newly freed African-Americans. The Radical Republicans knew that bringing change to the South would be difficult. The South had resisted attempts at providing equality to the former slaves. Thus, by passing legislation, creating agencies, and developing constitution amendments, the Radical Republicans attempted to bring more rights to the former slaves.

The Freedmen’s Bureau was created to help African-Americans adjust to freedom. This agency helped African-Americans set up schools, get medical care, and get fair wages. The Civil Rights Act of 1866 gave full citizenship to the former slaves. The federal government would protect these rights. The 13th amendment outlawed slavery. The 14th amendment said people born in the United States were citizens and had the rights of citizens. These rights couldn’t be taken away without the due process of law. The 15th amendment said voting rights couldn’t be denied to people who were former slaves. This gave African-American males the right to vote. As a result of these laws, agencies, and amendments conditions improved for a period of time for African-Americans while Reconstruction existed.

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