The Civil war could very easily be known as one of the greatest tragedies in United States history. After the Civil War, the people of The United States had so much anger and hatred towards each other and the government that 11 Southern states seceded from the Nation and parted into two pieces. The Nation split into either the Northern abolitionist or the Southern planation farmers. The Reconstruction era was meant to be exactly how the name announces it to be. It was a time for the United States to fix the broken pieces the war had caused allowing the country to mend together and unite once again. The point of Reconstruction was to establish unity between the states and to also create and protect the civil rights of the former slaves. Although Reconstruction failed in many aspects such as the upraise in white supremacy and racism, the reconstruction era was a time the United States took a lead in the direction of race equality.
This war face many consequences that are left on the nation today. After the war was over there was a total of 600,000 deaths between both sides. Also the South was completely destroyed. Therefore it was in complete reconstruction and spent a lot of money reconstructing it. However, there were some good consequences from the war. The major issue of slavery is gone and won’t ever be a problem again. Also, eventually it brought the nation together as a whole.
Everyone knows about the South during Civil War times, and how they did not want to make slaves free, so they tried to leave and form the Confederate. However, after the war was over, both the North and South made many mistakes. It was 1876, 100 years after The Declaration of Independence, and the country was still healing from the bloodiest war in American history. It was the Civil War, which raged from 1861 to 1865, where the outcome was that all men, no matter what their race, were equals and could even vote. But then, the country went back into a disastrous state, when Reconstruction of the South ended. “...the slave went free; stood a brief moment in the sun; then moved back again toward slavery .” (W.E.B.
Following the war, what lasted from 1865 to 1866 was the greatest trial that the South had to bear, not excepting the terrible ordeal of war. No people had to undergo so dark a period with such complications. The cost to the South was great, but her citizens didn't lose hope, yet began to work with a will to revoke all improper and corrupt legislation, to restore economy in public expenditures, to reduce taxation, to do away with useless offices, to make schools efficient, and to build up waste places. History will certainly condemn the legislation that entailed such misery, such corruption, and such extravagant expansion of the money of an impoverished and crushed people.
Reconstruction was not a success because it resulted in the implementation of the Black Codes, the formation of the Klu Klux Klan, and the failure of the Freedmen's Bureau. The Civil War left the South destroyed and , as a reunited country, the government was tasked with developing a strategy for reconnecting the North and South and rebuilding the land destroyed by the battles. President Abraham Lincoln presented a method for reconstruction, but upon his death, the idea was abandoned. Lincoln's vice president, Andrew Johnson presented another theory that was also dismissed. To begin work on reconstruction in 1865, the Freedmen's Bureau was formed as a welfare agency that educated free blacks and promised to give all former slaves forty acres of ex-Confederate land. However, this promise was not kept, and Johnson let the Bureau expire in 1872. Congress eventually passed the Reconstitution Act on March 2, 1867. The Act divided the South into five military districts that were led by a Union general and policed by Union soldiers. It also required that all rejoining states allow free black men to vote and receive the rights guaranteed to him in the Fourteenth Amendment. However, not all states that rejoined the Union met these requirements.
Northern Neglect picked apart the reconstruction of the nation. After the Civil War Reconstruction started which helped rebuild the nation and help former slaves get jobs and an education. Northern Neglect caused the destruction of rebuilding of the nation because the north payed attention to the government and they were tired of helping the African-Americans and former slaves.
Reconstruction was a failure, because the North did not have a plan to rebuild the south, which lead to the newly freed slaves to be discrimination against until the 1960’s. The North passed the 14th and 15th amendments in hope that this will protect the newly freed slave’s rights. The south was able to get around those amendments, because the people in power in the South were former confederate soldier and were seen as redeemer. The redeemers in the South put into effect Jim Crow laws, which were use to step on African Americans voting rights and civil rights. The South also had sharecropping, which was white farmer would give pieces of their land to black families. The farmers would give the black families a house, and sometimes animals, seeds, and other farming tools.
After a war that claimed the lives of more men than that of all other wars combined, much of the country was left in ruins, literally and figuratively. Dozens of towns in the South had been burned to the ground. Meanwhile, the relations between the North and South had crumbled to pieces. Something needed to be done so that the country could once again be the United States of America, not the Divided States of America. The years from 1865 to 1877 were a time of rebuilding – the broken communities and the broken relations. This time period was known as Reconstruction. Reconstruction was a failure on the basis that the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments that were passed should have given protection and freedom to the African American people, instead, it actually hurt them because the laws were not enforced, and eventually lead to the organization of white supremacy terrorist groups.
In the 1800’s slavery was a huge problem in our country. Especially in the south. White citizens in the south would own lots of plantations were African Americans would be forced to work. After the South was defeated in the civil war, the reconstruction process would begin. Reconstruction is when people try to fix the conflicts that were destroying the country. After trying to make new laws in the reconstruction process, reconstruction ended up being a failure.
The period after the Civil War was very violent in the South. America needed change but that change did not come by. By 1877 Reconstruction was all but dead. The Reconstruction failed because of several malicious things that occurred as a result of lack of political focus on the effort to solve the elimination of the freed slaves newly gained civil liberties failing to initiate long-term racial integration. Some of the cruel things that happened was that there was groups , such as the KKK, corruption between government officials, and the negative image that the blacks were portrayed as by the government officials. The effort to remake the South generated a brutal reaction among southern whites, who were commited to keeping blacks in a subservient position.
Reconstruction began in 1865, when America had just finished fighting the Civil War. Reconstruction was a time when America tried to become a developed country again. The south struggled politically, economically, and socially. During reconstruction there were almost four million former slaves, who had been freed by the 13th amendment, who were on their own and had no idea how to live alone. People were scattered everywhere trying to get things fixed, which took a long twelve years. Socially the south faced problems such as, the number of wounded soldiers there was after the Civil War was over, which decreased their number of workers that could work to help reconstruction. Economically the south faces a great deal of starvation problems. Towns were burnt and fields with crops were ruined. This delayed the replanting of crops while the prices of food, were still very high. Lastly, politically the south faced issues with voting of different races.
After the Civil War, the economy was ruined and the South had a lack of labor. Reconstruction gave both whites and blacks false hopes as it“brought market relations into the upcountry” . This meant that
Did you know from around 1526 to 1867 some 12.5 million slaves were shipped from Africa and about 10.7 million slaves had arrived in the Americas. If you need any clarification about what reconstruction was it was a period after the civil war and they tried to rebuild the United States back on how it was before the civil war started. The most famous people involved in this was Abraham Lincoln and after major victories in Gettysburg and Vicksburg he had a plan to reunify the North and South after the war’s end. Sadly in 1865 Lincoln got assassinated and his plans for reconstruction died off. Andrew Johnson tried using Lincoln’s plan for reconstruction. The period following the civil war, known as reconstruction, was a success due to the fact that the newly freed slaves experienced new rights, participation in society and little equality.
The Reconstruction period in the United States was from 1865-1877. Unfortunately, Abraham Lincoln passed away and so the vice president took over. This was unfortunate because he was a southerner which means he was pro slavery. Because of this, Johnson vetoed a bill, Freedmen’s Bureau and Civil Rights Bills, that caused a permanents disagreements with Congress that lead to his impeachment in 1868. The Reconstruction was going great, but as soon as the soldiers were taken out from the South everything went back to the South’s old ways. White Supremacy became very present in the South. This means that people believe white people are better than black people. One of the main organized groups that were white supremacists was the Ku Klux Klan.
The original purpose of Reconstruction was to restore the buildings and the economy of the south the best they could, but without the immoral element of slavery. But, reconstruction under the Johnson Presidency was a failure for a few reasons: 1) Convict Leasing, 2) Sharecropping, 3) the Ku Klux Klan, 4) Segregation in schools, even in the North, 5) Carpetbaggers/Scalawags, 6) misleading statistics, and 7) racism.