Imagine Being forced to work hard labor day and night for someone who treated you badly. How you you feel if you were forced into slavery and then laws changed to worse conditions? Four million African American Slaves may have gained their freedom, but the process of rebuilding brought the South significant challenges. Conflict continued between the North and the South as the whites resentment towards the South lead to violence. After the destruction of the Civil War, the United States an immense challenge of rebuilding.
Reconstruction was a period in American history where the north and south worked together to rebuild the south both physically and economically. But did it work to stop the racism that was still lingering? Reconstruction started after the civil war ended and the south joined the union again. Many people made a living off of this and worked in the south to help with reconstruction.
Reconstruction was when the federal government was setting the rules that would let the rebellious Southerners back into the union. The goal of Reconstruction was to restore the union so the South would not secede again. In order for Lincoln to do that, he 'd have to make a few new and changes to the laws so that the South would want to come back serenely. One of the biggest things he and Congress created was the 13th amendment which would completely abolish slavery and that was the beginning of restoration. But were African Americans really free?
One of the main goals of Reconstruction was to require that the South give African-Americans equal rights. With slavery abolished, the Federal Government decided that it was now time to give African-Americans the rights given to the rest of American citizens. This was in the mid 1800s. Needless to say, these plans were not put in place, or at least not properly enforced, for many more years. It took a well-organized uprising by African-Americans about 100 years later to finally make some progress.
The Fourteenth Amendment was designed to grant citizenship to whoever was born in the United States and grant protection of civil rights to all Americans and the recently freed slaves. The Fourteenth Amendment was signed on July, 28th, 1868 it granted citizenship to everyone born in the united states, it also included former slaves that just been freed after the civil war it guaranteed African Americans citizenship and all of the privileges included in the Diaz 2 Fourteenth Amendment but before the fourteenth amendment became officially signed there were a lot of disagreement between groups, “it was far from perfect” (Foner2008). President Andrew Johnson voiced his dis pleasure with the fourteenth amendment. “The amendment prohibited the states from abridging the “privileges and immunities
Many people were homeless and had no money shortly after the civil war because there homes were destroyed or they were newly freed slaves. The reconstruction era was when the south was joining back with the the union and they were rebuilding their economy. The reconstruction was a hard time for the freedmen because they they had no money or a home and it was hard for them to find jobs to support their family. The reconstruction was overall an unsuccessful era. Politically it was alright because they made rights for the freedmen but economically and socially it was terrible Politically the reconstruction era was good because the government created rights for the freedmen so they weren't fully mistreated and harmed.
The National Women Suffrage Association, as you can no doubt tell, was National. Led by the high-minded members, nameely Stanton and Anthony, the NWSA wanted a federal way to gain rights. The Governments that were created in reconstruction Blacks had majority Republican Party was super strong Democrats and scalawags: Democrats called white southies who were republican “scalawags”
Overview: Calvin Holly’s A Black Union Soldier’s Letter Protesting Conditions After the War was written to Major General O. O. Howard on December 16, 1865 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Holly tells Howard how people of color have been struggling to survive since the end of the Civil War. Holly describes how freedman and women have faced challenges like losing their homes, sleeping in the freezing cold, being forced back into slave-like living conditions, and being murdered and left in the street. Holly calls for equal rights to that of a white man.
Slavery ended in the year 1964 by Abraham Lincoln passing the 13th amendment. The 13th amendment was passed on January 31, 1864, and was officially ratified by the end of the year on December 6th. About three years later the 14th amendment was passed on July 9, 1868. This amendment gave all citizens born in the United States the rights of life, liberty and property. The 15th amendment was passed on February 3, 1870, stating that any black male wanting to vote would not denied the rights All of these amendments were huge to the African Americans.
Emily Hay-Lavitt March 7, 2016 Week 8: Reconstruction and the Gilded Age After the ratification of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments, life did not get significantly easier for emancipated slaves. Despite being free from slavery, African Americans in the United States remained figuratively enslaved within social realms due to several restrictions on every-day activities. Plessy v. Ferguson established the regulation of “separate but equal” in 1896 for whites and colored people, which was a significant aspect of American societies for decades.