Reconstruction Plans Under Lincoln Never doubting a Union victory, President Abraham Lincoln began planning for the post-Civil War era long before the war ended. Lincoln knew that a Union victory would mean sweeping changes in the South—the old Confederacy ...
The Rise of Jim Crow Laws The southern economy still depended on the production and sale of cotton, rice, and tobacco. The large plantations still existed. The crops still had to be harvested. A large labor force was still necessary. However, southerners had to ...