This document provides a detailed account of all the detail of the Reconstruction era in a clear and coherent format. It shows how the period was directed on a political level, e.g. by President Lincoln, President Johnson and the Radical Republicans. The successes and failures of Reconstruction are debated. The document also talks about the legacy of Radical Reconstruction and how it progressed after 1867 in particular.
At the end the historiography of the Reconstruction era is discussed, looking at for example the Dunning school of thought in contrast with revisionist historians looking at the Reconstruction era such as Franklin and Eric Foner. Ending the document are several potential exam questions on this topic.