America has gone through many different struggles and positive changes. There have been so many different revolutionary moments in America. One of these revolutionary moments was Reconstruction after the civil war. Reconstruction had different periods such as Emancipation and Reconstruction, Presidential Reconstruction, Radical Reconstruction, and the Compromise of 1877. The period of Reconstruction had many goals and accomplishments. Reconstruction did come to an end and just like most revolutionary moments in history Reconstruction was labeled both a success and a failure. Though human equality was the main goal of the Reconstruction period in the South after the Civil War, it proved to be an attempted
The North’s neglect and greediness caused the reconstruction to be a failure.The corrupt government, terrorist organizations, unfocused president, and ignorance were also part of the ending of the reconstruction. President Lincoln didn’t want the civil war he wanted to keep the nation together. When Lincoln went into office he wasn't planning on getting rid of slavery nor starting a civil war. Before the reconstruction era was the civil war. Many good things and bad things came from the civil war. The civil war was a war between the North and the South. The war for the north was to end slavery, but for the south it was about rights and liberty. It wasn’t until afterwards that Americans started to notice the good and the bad. Not as many people
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.
Reconstruction was a nasty period in History. Reconstruction took place after the civil war. In the civil war there was lots of devastation. Buildings and houses were being destroyed so people needed something called Reconstruction. Reconstruction was something people really needed after the civil war because they needed to rebuild a community. Some people didn't want reconstruction because they liked destruction. Then also after the civil war slavery was abolished, as well some people don't like that either. South killed Reconstruction because South resistance had KKK, and South was murdering people.
The Civil War brought forth countless problems that begged to be solved through the complex web that was reconstruction. Unfortunately the success of this plan was questionable. Did the Nation regain it's unification and take large steps towards equality? Or did the lack of change for freedmen hinder the effectiveness of Reconstruction? Perhaps America is still on the long road of Reconstruction, despite the amount of progress we have made.
As a country, America has gone through many political changes throughout her lifetime. Leaders have come and gone, all of them having different objectives and plans for the future. As history takes its course, though, most all of these “revolutionary movements” come to an end. One such movement was Reconstruction. Reconstruction was a time period in America consisting of many leaders, goals and accomplishments. Though, like all things in life, it did come to an end, the resulting outcome has been labeled both a success and a failure. When Reconstruction began in 1865, a broken America had just finished fighting the Civil War. In all respects, Reconstruction was mainly just that. It was a time period of “putting back the pieces”, as people
“The best way to predict your future is to create it” (Lincoln). President states the principal of Reconstruction, where to unite the United States, there must be an authoritative action to carry it out. The Reconstruction Era (1863-1877) is a period where Lincoln sought to restore the divided nation by uniting the confederates and the union and to involve the freedmen into the American society. The main objectives were to initially restore the union, to rebuild the South and to enact progressive legislation for the rights of the freed slaves. Thus, the executive and legislature branches had enacted a series of polices to “create the future” for the United States. Although the policies tied down to the Reconstructive motive, there was controversy
Following what was arguably the most turbulent time in American history; Reconstruction had far-reaching effects on a number of areas of life in the United States. In the Deep South, one of the clearest impacts could be seen on racial relations, specifically between whites and newly-freed African Americans. Legally, dramatic changes had been made at the federal level, providing African Americans with a host of rights that had never been offered them before. It was no wonder, then, that former slave owners in the South rejected these changes and rights, taking whatever steps necessary to keep African Americans down. The dramatic changes that took place in terms of race relations between African Americans and whites following Reconstruction had a far-reaching impact on society, with the shockwaves of these changes being felt nearly a century into the future.
...the Reconstruction, is that no matter what legally was done in an effort to help, there were always loopholes and other laws that would counter us from being totally free. We may not have been in slavery, but we were still enslaved, not only because of our mindsets, but because of our surroundings. The system was meant for us to fail, be dependent, and continue being submissive to the white man because no matter what laws were passed, or what changes were made, that is where they wanted us to be. Black codes, Jim Crow laws, segregation, and everything else that was legal after slavery was abolished, were all forms of slavery in a subtle way. They were meant to get in the heads of the blacks, and if you can get in a person’s head, you can control them. The reconstruction era was the beginning of a downward spiral between blacks and whites that branched after slavery.
Reconstruction was supposed to be a happy, healing time for our country. The intention of this era was to rebuild the South and bring both North and South back together again. However, as if the United States had not seen enough fighting during the Civil War, Reconstruction involved even more chaos. This time promised a new life for African Americans in the south. The newly freed blacks anticipated many opportunities that they had never before dreamed of , “[yet] that promising dawn did not usher in a bright new day of educational, social, and political possibilities” (Butchart, 2010, pp. 153-154). Instead, whites proved that they were incapable of coinciding with African Americans on all three previously mentioned levels. As of result of this
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.
The South did not come easy especially for minorities living in America like Edesha said, Whites had sworn since before reconstruction that we blacks would not only know our place but stay in it forever. This showed that after slavery was abolished some white people did not want to make a change in society under the law some whites still wanted to be separated from all blacks and those who did not fit their description. It seems like the whites were afraid that African Americans would someday take over and treat them the same way they were being treated, and that was mentally, verbally, and physically abuse just cause of their skin color and ethnicity.
People fail to realize that the U.S. is in a constant state of Reconstruction and that we will probably always be. The select time period we call Reconstruction is when most people think was the time of Reconstruction but the U.S. is still trying to build on the little progress they got from that era. For African Americans the Reconstruction Era was a failure due to the black codes, shotgun policy, and the easy ways to get around the 15th amendment even though some still argue that Reconstruction was a success. The time period we call this is not where it ended but where it began.
Through this, we can see the dilemma. Though reconstruction is a quite interesting time, we can hardly see it due to it’s failure to cure the disease of systemic racism. Before the war we had slavery as an institution, and after reconstruction we had Jim Crow laws and other discriminatory measures. This is the great issue of the reconstruction. Though it had extremely lofty goals, it did not manage to change public opinions on race. Hence, we were unable to move forward for many years to come. In fact, we still have not come to a full reconciliation of the diametrically opposed forces of white supremacy and
The treatment whites made blacks endure and how they treated them was cruel, whipping, starving, even killing. Blacks were not a human to whites back in the time, more like animals. Escape wasn't common, but it did happen. Many didn't because they were scared of what would happen to them or their family. Some people did end up escaping and in many different ways and some slaves even came back to help. After the Civil War and after the 13 amendment was ratified abolishing slavery, you could argue it didn't get much better. Whites were still superior to blacks. Black codes were established and this made blacks not has the same rights as whites and they still made it seem they were still treated as slaves, they lacked many rights that whites had, but they didn't. Whites tricked blacks into still working for them by offering housing to blacks and their families, but would make it so they were trapped into working.The Ku Klux Klan also made post slavery very difficult for blacks. They risked being murdered, raped and being bombed. Slavery was never good for anyone. It helped raised the south's economy, but it made whites terrible human beings to blacks and others. It made Whites and blacks divided and till this day you can argue we are. “I can testify, from my own experience and observation, that slavery is a curse to the whites as well as to the blacks. It makes the white fathers cruel and sensual; the sons violent