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1) The period from the end of the American Civil War in 1865 to the turn of the 20th century began with high hopes for the creation of a more free and equal nation.The defeat of the rebellion and final destruction of slavery opened the door to this possibility.Looking at the historical events of Reconstruction (1865-1877), the Gilded Age (1870-1890), and the Populist Era (1890-1900), and citing specific examples from the in-class lectures, write a brief (2 pages, typed, double-spaced, preferably 12-pt font, roughly 500 words) essay explaining the extent to which the United States did, or did not live up to the ideal of creating a more free and equal society between 1865 and 1900.

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