Norther neglect caused the end to reconstruction because of no focus on Reconstruction. In the 1780’s northerners were not focused on reconstruction but on the scandals in grants administration and the panic of 1873. They began to became unconcerned about southern affairs. Affairs like the equal rights talk and corruption in the south. Being unconcerned their opinions were beginning to swing against Reconstruction. During grants precedence grants focus would be split between Reconstruction and corruption in his presidency. Trying to stop this corruption he might have had more focus on the scandals in his administration. Meanwhile Reconstruction would fade into the background. while this is happening the people would lose faith in the government
One reason the North killed Reconstruction was because they were racist. Freedmen politicians were portrayed as corrupt “fat cats” and caused nothing but chaos and bedlam in the legislatures they served in (Harper’s Weekly, 1874). This showed that the North thought negatively about African Americans. Also, the Boston Evening Transcript stated that, “blacks need a [period of probation and instruction; a period…long enough for the black to have forgotten something about his condition as a slave and learned much of the true method of gaining honorable subsistence and of performing the duties of any position to which he might aspire,” (Richardson, 2001). This quote proved that the North was not ready to fully embrace African Americans as equals, and that there was still some racism that existed among Northerners. So, if the North was not racist, the North may have been more positive Reconstruction, and, in turn, spend more time working on Reconstruction.
The south was in economic and social chaos after its defeat in the war. 1865-1877 was a time period of reconstructing the south, however, it left an everlasting impression that kept the south behind for years to come. The political apprehension the south felt was due to the fact that there was no more authority and the new states had to deal with the northern states. The question was how the newly reelected Lincoln was going to bring these states back to the Union.
Even before the war ended, President Lincoln started to think about reconstruction because he already thought about how the war would end. He wanted to build a strong Republic in the South. To end the war, he made a proclamation of amnesty and reconstruction for those areas of the Confederacy were ere was ran by Union armies. What Lincoln did was when ten percent of the population would sign a loyalty oath, he would reinstate that state into the union. In order to get this ten percent he wanted the knowledgeable blacks to vote. Voters the were able to elect delegates to give changed state constitutions and create new state governments. All southerners except for high line Confederate army officers and government officials were granted full amnesty. Lincoln guaranteed southerners that he would protect their private property which excl...
Arthur John Hope Franklin discusses the after effect of the Civil War the era of the reconstruction of the South. Franklin pointed out three important issues which were race, ethics, and politics. In his book he spent very less time explaining the whites roles and the inequality. He most had focus on economy and the fear of the Southerns losing their powers. Lincoln was trying to pass bills and make the Union right. He wanted to pass the bill of no new slaves. Franklin words were “he worked hard to gain acceptance of his plan restoration.” Later Lincoln was out of the seat and President Johnson came in. The achievements of the Reconstruction were made during the war not in the postwar years, says Franklin.
Although Reconstruction had some goals reached, and there were also a loot of failures. The reconstruction plans looked very good on paper, but the execution of this plan was terrible. First the one of the main ideas from the reconstruction Act was the equality between every one, but this clause was ignored by the south, once they kept judging the colored people as inferior, other purpose that makes the reconstruction a disaster, were the wars between North and South, that caused many deaths. Concluding, the North and the South were responsible from ruining the reconstruction plan that caused more conflicts, deaths, and increased the
What was the point of the Reconstruction after the Civil War? The period after the civil war was called the Reconstruction period. Abraham Lincoln plan was to bring everyone back together because his new reconstruction was to forbid the slavery all around the US. Was the Reconstruction a success or a failure? In this period, it was a success of the nation, it restored the country. In 1877 all of the confederate states got new constitutions and things started to be acknowledged by the Amendments which are the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth. Things finally started to get settled in the United States. However, some things failed because the Radical Republican failed to protect a former slave from the persecution and failed to make any changes to the south.
...ed Republican governments – South Carolina, Louisiana, and Florida. As a result of the disputed Presidential election of that year and the resulting Compromise of 1877, President Hayes pulled federal troops from these states and allowed the Redeemers to take control. The entire South was now under the sway of conservative, white-supremacist Democrats, and Reconstruction was ended. The real losers in the collapse of Reconstruction were the freedmen.
The Compromise of 1877 was brought on by the disputed election of 1876. The Democrats had clearly won but this was disputed by a few large states. This election was between Democrat Samuel J. Tilden and Republican Rutherford B. Hayes. Congress created a commission to try and resolve this dispute and the commission voted in favor of Hays giving him all of the electoral votes from the disputed states, which in turn gave Hayes the victory. This led to a series of compromises from the Republicans to the Southern Democrats which included: “The appointment of at least one southerner to the Hayes cabinet, control of federal patronage in their areas, generous internal improvements, federal aid for the Texas and Pacific Railroad, and most important, withdrawal of the remaining federal troops from the South” (Brinkley 363). These compromises are what jump started The “New South”. The compromises were supposed to help create a more Republican South but in turn did the exact opposite. The South went in a different direction. The “New South” had a lot of effects on of different subjects. The economy in the south grew tremendously, the politics changed and were predominantly democratic, and the African Americans were losing all of the things they had gained through reconstruction. These changes where exactly what Southern Whites wanted and in some cases it is what the Republicans hoped would happen. The “New South” was a reality by the end of the 19th century and changed the South by growing economically, becoming Democratic politically, and having even worse race relations.