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Chapter 4. Cities in the Civil War and Reconstruction, 1854–1877
Chapter 4. Cities in the Civil War and Reconstruction, 1854–1877

The period covered in this chapter begins with the dissolution of the Whig Party and the rise of the Republicans, a financial crisis, and the Civil War, followed by the abolition of slavery, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, another financial crisis (the worst to date), the end of Reconstruction, and the first nationwide strike.

Between 1854 and 1877, the population of the United States approximately doubled, ...

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