For the most part they had no jobs, no money and no homes. Former slaves also had little to no formal skills, were mostly illiterate and therefore found it difficult to better their situations. Countless freedmen went back to work on their former master’s plantations for a low wage and essentially remained enslaved. Though there were successes for freedmen during the era of reconstruction like the Civil R... ... middle of paper ... ...he institutional racism and unspeakable violence that African American slaves were subjected to. Of course the country has made great strides against racism and granted civil rights to African Americans since the Civil War.
These black codes prohibited interracial marriages, the ownership of guns or liquor, congregation in large groups and had curfews for these freedmen. Furthermore, these black codes forced the freedmen to sign annual work contracts that were offensive and offered only in the agricultural f... ... middle of paper ... ...n a way of life in the south. In conclusion, the Reconstruction was overall ineffective for giving real rights to African Americans. In effect, all of these outcomes only gave the white an advantage and gave African Americans a difficult way of life. As for the social structure in the south, they ended up getting things their way, winning themselves back into domination of southern state control.
However, if you dig deeper into the real history of slaves in America, the stories won’t always be as peaceful. Slaves were not always purchased by someone with compassion. Many cases show these poor slaves being treated with quite inhumane practices. Those slaves were given no choice except to try to find a way out of their dismal and dangerous lives. It was that desperate drive for survival that led to uprisings against the white man.
Some aspects of life did improve for the Blacks like The Freedmen’s Bureau and Sharecropping organisations but the general lifestyle of the black people did not improve. They were never once treated equally to white people, their rights were extremely limited and hundreds of thousands were brutally murdered! Looking at the Amendments that were made you would think that life had improved but things following on from them like the Ku Klux Klan prove the total opposite. Unfortunately severe Racism still continues today in many parts of the world!
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. Reconstruction was a failure because it resulted in the Black Codes. The Black Codes were a series of laws designed to regulate the affairs of the emancipated slaves. They were made to enforce a lower-class labor force that would help in rebuilding the economy which had been destroyed by the Civil War.
African Americans were no longer slaves and had freedom in the country after the American civil war but they weren’t truly free. Groups and organizations such as Northerners and Southerners and a government system seemed too keep freedmen locked in a slavery cycle. With laws, traditional viewpoints and an existing system that was broken caused difficulties for slaves to be truly free.. When the civil war ended the government system as well as citizens now had to deal with the issues of how too handle newly free slaves. Northerners who fought against slavery and Southerners who were for slavery had see slaves as free individuals in society, which was never seen before.
After the emancipation of slaves, many things changed throughout the south. The slaves had the title of freed people, but these freed people didn't have the same rights and privileges as their white counterparts. Even though the freed slaves were suppose to be able to live an equal life with the whites, the whites still found ways to keep the African-Americans from being equal with them on all levels. The whites imposed all kinds of hidden rules towards the blacks and the consequence of breaking those laws was death. The whites did not want the ex slaves to be equal and even after the white men's mistress failed at assuming the jobs of their ex slaves, the slave masters still didn't give blacks credit for being able to do the work that they did.
Around 1900 the situation for blacks was dire. They suffered extreme discrimination and were frequently the victims of violence in the South. Blacks could not vote and their career opportunities remained limited. White society excluded blacks from equal participation in many areas of public life; they wanted to keep blacks in a position of economic, political, social and cultural subservience. After the Civil War, the USA offered civil rights and laws privileges to African-Americans.
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. The 13th amendment to the Constitution legally ended slavery, however, one could argue that socially and economically it did not. Once African Americans were free, they had nothing and were given very little.
There were new laws put into place but they were not proactive to insure the freedom of freedmen. The Black codes of Mississippi were a “way southern states strive to maintain the old order while limiting the newly acquired rights of African Americans”. This quote as it stands is the very ideology of the state back in 1865. They wanted to keep the order but they did not want the African Americans to get all of their rights back. Many of the new laws alluded to the fact that the Whites were still in charge and the freedmen and their children were not free.