Pros And Cons Of Reconstruction

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In 1865 The North was amazingly prosperous, with a booming economy and a large amount of supporters there was no way The South could keep up. The South lay in ruins and the population dwindled with the shortage of food, shelter and clothing. The Reconstruction was necessary to help rebuild and reunite the nation, the Government at the time sought out ways to help southerners and give slaves more rights. During the Reconstruction African Americans where given freedom to vote, now making up the majority of Republican voters. Some historians group the Reconstruction and “Black Supremacy” together due to the growth of African Americans serving in office. “Sixteen African Americans served in Congress during Reconstruction—including Hiram Revels and Blanche K. Bruce in the U.S. Senate—more than 600 in state legislatures, and hundreds more in local offices from sheriff to justice of the peace scattered across the South” says Eric Foner of Encyclopedia Britannica. The Reconstruction had many advancements that aided in the society we are today, as well as many failures. …show more content…

I do not want to forget pointing out some of the other successes, some still used in out modern society today. Expanded citizenry, United States Governments established the South’s first state-funded public school systems, sought to strengthen the power of plantation labourers, made taxation more equitable, and sought to make discrimination in public transportation and services outlawed. In doing so many White Voters started to feel alienated, something that many people complain about today with there being a African American President. With Advancements to public accommodations taxes had to raised and lots of corruption spawned. Many White Southerners became even more hateful and turned toward terrorists movements and the infamous group known as the Ku Klux Klan

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