The Civil War: Reconstruction

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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. During the time of reconstruction, the 13th amendment abolished slavery. As the Nation was attempting to pick up their broken pieces and mend the brokenness of the states, former slaves were getting the opportunity to start their new, free lives. This however, created tension between the Northerners and the Southerners once again. The Southerners hated the fact that their slaves were being freed and did not belong to them anymore. The plantations were suffering without the slaves laboring and the owners were running out of solutions. This created tension between the Southern planation owners and the now freed African Americans. There were many laws throughout the North and the South that were made purposely to discriminate the African Americans. The Black Codes were a number of laws that restricted ... ... middle of paper ... ...people of the United States, it was a time of moving the country into a future of prosperity for all mankind. The war had caused many broken pieces that were hard to fix, but our nation came together in unification to help put them back together. The time of reconstruction was filled with white supremacy and racism, but at the end, it took the direction the United States needed to make it into the country it is today. The United States is now a country that supports racial equality in every aspect. It was a long journey full of horrible events and tragedies but it lead the Nation into unity between all men. Works Cited Testimony on Ku Klux Klan in Congressional Hearing (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1872). Jourdon Anderson to Col. P. H. Anderson, August 7, 1865 The Black Codes of Mississippi, Civil Rights of Freedmen in Mississippi, Sec. 4,9.

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