• The Thirteenth Amendment • The Fourteenth Amendment • The Fifteenth Amendment The three items listed above are called the Reconstruction Amendments. What was the main purpose of these three amendments? A. to punish the southern states for seceding B. to admit three more states into the Union C. to free and grant basic rights to slaves D. to rebuild cities that the war had destroyed

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C. To free and grant basic rights to slaves, the 13th amendment abolished slavery, the 14th amendment gave slaves US citizenship, and the 15th gave slaves the right to vote

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