Northerners may have seen the victory of the Civil War, but the peace they had hoped for was another battle yet to be won. Ex-Confederates inflicted white violence on African Americans, and resisted legislative measures formulated to protect freedmen and their rights. Southern law-makers made political decisions such as the Black Codes to work around those rights. I had a general idea of what the Black Codes were, but I hadn’t realized until I researched them further just how restricting they are. Not wanting to let go of Southern traditions led to underhanded inspiration to maintain control the movement, labor, debts, and wages of African Americans. Seeing that freedmen still were not completely free, the North constructed the Civil Rights Act which granted blacks citizenship and the same rights as all white males “without distinction of race or color, or previous condition of slavery or involuntary servitude.” (Civil Rights Act 1866)
I do not agree with slavery or the treatment of African Americans, but I am sympathetic towards the Southerners after their former way of life completely disappeared. It was how they prospered and they did it as they had a...
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...n today we face the same controversy that dates all the way to this time period in 1865. Are African Americans treated equally? Here is where I say the Reconstruction is incomplete. Plessy vs. Ferguson, Brown vs. Board of Education, and a more recent argument, Black Lives Matter. Still, arguments come from both perspectives of whites and blacks regarding their equality. Racism still plays a large role in our society today, and I believe that there are some who have continued to be angry. My family was on vacation down South and my sister and I got in the pool at our hotel. Neither of us thought anything of swimming with the African American families present, yet some of the parents made their kids get out of the pool and told them they couldn’t swim with us. The Reconstruction was a halfway step to a united people and a defining mark when history changed.
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