How Did Reconstruction Affect African Americans

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729 words

Following the Civil War, America underwent many changes during the Reconstruction era to reach where it needed to be or where it should’ve been. The purpose of reconstruction was to rebuild the South after the Union’s victory in the war that freed all the slaves the South had and needed. During this period, there were ratifications of amendments, social and economic factors that affected African Africans, and the end of reconstruction. Reconstruction was a period in the United States where it was going through significant changes and challenges. The first change made during the reconstruction period was the Emancipation Proclamation designed by Abraham Lincoln. How it came about was the North was disappointed in Abraham Lincoln’s failure …show more content…

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  • Explains that america underwent many changes during the reconstruction era to reach where it needed to be. the purpose of reconstruction was to rebuild the south after the union's victory in the war.
  • Explains that abraham lincoln's emancipation proclamation was the first change made during the reconstruction period in the united states.
  • Explains that the second change was presidential reconstruction during andrew johnson's presidency. his stance was on his beliefs in unionism and states' rights.
  • Explains that the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments were important because they were designed to ensure equality among the recently emancipated slaves, the african americans, and white people.
  • Explains that african americans were denied their rights in many different ways during the ratification of the 15th amendment, such as jim crow laws, poll taxes, and the literacy test.
  • Explains that the compromise of 1877 was an agreement that stated if hayes could remove the troops from the southern states, he would win the presidency and become president.
  • Concludes that america would have been rebuilding for who knows how long had it not been for all the changes reconstruction brought. it went through numerous political, social, and economic factors to grant all men equal rights and citizenship.

His stance was on his beliefs in Unionism and states’ rights–– he believed the federal government had no right to determine voting requirements at the state level, so under his reconstruction, he returned land that was confiscated from Union army and given to freed slaves back to prewar owners. His leniency caused southern states to enact a law called “black codes” designed to restrict African American’s activity and make their freedom a labor force. This enraged the North and Congress, which proceeded to them passing the Freedmen’s Bureau and Civil Rights Bill and needing Johnson to put his signature. The last of reconstruction was Radical Reconstruction. In this time, Congress passed the Reconstruction Act of 1867, which divided the South temporarily into five military districts and outlined how male suffrage was to be organized. The law required southern states to ratify the 14th amendment and following this, Congress approved the 15th amendment. Radical Reconstruction as by far the most progressive in allowing African Americans to participate in public life, the South’s first state-funded public school systems, taxation legislation, and laws against racial

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