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How Did African Americans Contribute To The Failure Of Reconstruction

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The reconstruction constituted the duration after the civil war between 1861 and 1865 until 1877. During this period, the congress passed several progressive amendments and laws that sought to assimilate all Americans and to increase equitability and compatibility. For example, it passed the fourteenth amendment, which granted unprecedented rights to African Americans. The congress also approved the Civil Rights Act in 1866, seeking to give freed slaves greater freedoms. In addition, it passed the Fifteenth Amendment, which bestowed universal suffrage rights for all Americans irrespective of their backgrounds. The principal promise during this era was the full emancipation of slaves and amalgamation and reintegration into the union of all the 11 southern states that had sought to secede from the union and constitute their own confederacy. However, the reconstruction largely failed in the implementation of the intrepid promises made during the reconstruction failed and the perceptions that former slaves would enjoy greater freedoms of movement and worship and that they would be able to own land, work independently without forced labor, gain good education, and acquire political power did not materialize. Firstly, while the amendments promised complete liberation for African Americans, they did not attain …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the reconstruction constituted the duration after the civil war between 1861 and 1865 until 1877. the congress passed several progressive amendments and laws that sought to assimilate all americans and increase equitability and compatibility.
  • Explains that the amendments promised complete liberation for african americans, but they did not attain freedom until much later, pursuant to initiating the civil rights movement.
  • Explains that there was unremitting violence against the erstwhile slaves, especially because many of the former slave owners took up the leadership positions in the southern states. terrorist organizations such as the ku klux clan also emerged and furthered violence.
  • Explains that the freed slaves had to contend with sharecropping, a system that gave undue advantages to white landowners.
  • Analyzes how the rise to power of the democratic party, which harbored pro-slavery dictums, neutralized the promises of reconstruction.

The party used its headship in the congress and the presidency to eject African Americans who had won elective posts while using systemic approaches to stifle, repress, and intimidate African Americans. This took away the political powers that the African Americans the reconstruction had promised. Ultimately, there was widespread poverty while racial prejudices and animosity prevailed throughout the nation. These factors marred the realization of the provisions of the amendments made during the reconstruction

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