The Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, granting African American men the right to vote.
President Andrew Johnson issued a proclamation granting amnesty and pardon to all persons who participated in “the existing rebellion,” with a few exceptions.
The Amnesty Act of 1872 removed voting and office-holding restrictions on most former members of the Confederacy.
Congress passed the Resumption Act of 1875, which created compensatory deflationary pressure that contributed to general decline prices.
Many African Americans, called “Exodusters,” left the South for Kansas.
Louisiana voters approved a new state constitution abolishing slavery.