Why Did Reconstruction Fail?

analytical Essay
945 words
945 words

Reconstruction is known as the period after the Civil war. The whole country was separated in two, people didn’t know what to do, the south was completely destroyed, and there were a lot of decisions to be made by the president. It lasted four years, and there was over half a million casualties between the union (North) and the confederate states (South). The north was declared the winner of the war after General Lee surrender in the Appomattox court house on April 9, 1865. The causes of the war was the secession of several southern states, they argued that it was up to them and it was in their rights to decide whether they should make slavery legal or illegal in their own boundaries. But the Union had other things in mind, the union wanted to decide whether or not the states were going to have slaves. This was just to make sure the country was equal on slavery and non-slavery on both sides, but states thought the union was abusing their power and being too strict on them, and that is when they decided to secede. The first state to secede was south Carolina, then they were followed by six other states, among those states were Florida, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. These states got together and created the confederate states of America in February 4, 1861, and the president was Jefferson Davis, they also made a government similar to the one of the U.S. Constitution. After the war, President Abraham Lincoln’s main goal was to reunite the nation, restore, and heal the wounds that the aftermath of the Civil war had left behind. Many northerners were against the proposal that he made, to just let the south come back as they pleased because they thought it was unfair to not receive any kind of punishment for le... ... middle of paper ... ...conflicts between citizens just creating more internal separation of the nation. Works Cited History conection. (n.d.). History conection. Retrieved April 17, 2014, from Cassel, S. (2008, June 1). The Failure of Reconstruction. History conection. Retrieved April 18, 2014, from Kelly, M. (n.d.). Reconstruction. . Retrieved April 17, 2014, from Gordon, T. (2010, January 1). Reconstruction. The story of us. Retrieved April 17, 2014, from Congressional Reconstruction plan. (n.d.). . Retrieved April 16, 2014, from

In this essay, the author

  • Describes the period after the civil war, when the country was separated in two, the south was destroyed, and there were decisions to be made by the president.
  • Explains that lincoln's plan to reunite the nation, restore, and heal the wounds that the aftermath of the civil war had left behind sparked tensions in the north.
  • Explains that congress created the freedmen's bureau, which helped recently-freed slaves that had lost their home plantations due to the wars, and passed the civil rights act.
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