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Essay On Reconstruction Dbq

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Right after the civil war, one of the most controversial elections in american history took place. In the election of 1872 tilden had 184 electoral votes, and hayes had 165 electoral votes out of the 185 electoral votes needed, but hayes had the popular vote and 20 votes were still undisputed. Since no one could decide who should be the president they came up with the compromise of 1877 which said that the democrats would let hayes be the president if the government agreed to remove the troops from the south. They accepted the compromise. The life of freedmen during the reconstruction and the new south era did not change much at all socially, economically, and politically from how it was before reconstruction because the south and north made…show more content…
The amendment stated “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude” (15th amendment, Section I). Shortly after white's came up with a law that you couldn't vote unless you were literate, but they would cheat and say whites could read or understand even if they couldn't. Russell Brooker stated that in the early 1900s “White officials usually claimed that whites could understand what was read. They said blacks could not understand it, even if they could” (Russell Brooker). This quote shows how whites were trying to stop freedmen from voting anyway possible. During this time period since black got the right to vote some joined congress but freedmen stopped voting because they were threatened by whites and didn’t want to be harmed or get their families. Russell Brooker also said “Blacks who tried to vote were threatened, beaten, and killed. Their families were also harmed. Sometimes their homes were burned down. Often, they lost their jobs or were thrown off their farms” (Russell Brooker). this quote also shows how hateful whites could be to keep freedmen oppressed like they were during
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