The Reconstruction Era: A Time of Change

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The Reconstruction Era, a time of great change in the United States. Following the Civil War, this era was a time when the government was trying to put the country back together with the North and South pieces. The trick was putting the nation back in a manner that would not result in recreating the causes that led to the United States breaking apart. Most of the South was in shambles, along with it government, after being devastated by the warfare that primarily took place in this region. One of the primary focuses was equality under the Constitution for those who did not previously have it before the Civil War. This was mainly centered on African Americans, previous slaves who had been freed under the Emancipation Act during the war. Now it was time to make sure that these former slaves received the rights that they deserved in this era. It took the result of the government stepping in to allow for sure liberties to occur. Yet, even with new amendments, African Americans were not treated equally and ways were found to go around such laws. Even women were not treated equally and attempted at this time to receive civil rights and liberties. Without this time of change and groups reaching for individual rights under the government, we would not be where we are today in this nation of diversity. After the Civil War, African Americans were supposedly free from slavery and would be treated as equals. However, life for these once slaves would be nothing of like what was expected, only knowing freedom by what they saw that their masters had. With this newfound freedom granted to them by the 13th Amendment that emancipated them from slavery, African Americans believed they could live the free lives they had dreamed about. “The famil... ... middle of paper ... ... that was building. Even though the movement did not gain immediate results or victories, I believe the movement was successful. It set the foundation for individuals in the future to stand up for their natural born rights. Rights that were given to the white male population. Not to account that this population was only the middle and high class groups. Poor whites, females, African Americans, immigrants and Native Americans were denied rights under the Constitution. Works Cited Notes: 1. Eric Foner, “The Making of,” in Give Me Liberty!: An American History (New York: W.W. Norton &, 2009), 523. 2. Foner, “The Making of,” 523. 3. Foner, “The Making of,” 524. 4. Foner, “The Making of,” 529. 5. Foner, “The Making of,” 535. 6. Foner, “The Making of,” 549. 7. Foner, “The Making of,” 537. 8. Foner, “The Making of,” 541. 9. Foner, “The Making of,” 543.

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