Reconstruction And Reconstruction: The Causes Of The Reconstruction Era

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During the late 1800s, because the South had been decimated by the end of the Civil War, .the Reconstruction Period was initiated to aid the South’s recovery. Although the Civil War did abolish slavery and unify the North and the South, the war not resolve racial prejudice, the South’s damage, and the African Americans’ economic instability. The Reconstruction Period was initiated in order to prevent economic instability and the structural ruin, because since slavery was abolished, and the South was completely dependent on slaves, therefore slaves could not work for the South to maintain the economy, and slaves also could not fix up the damages done to the structures done to the South during the war. By starting the Freedmen’s Bureau and passing laws that ensured racial equality, America promoted the idea that all Americans are equal and free. However, having the racist KKK, the negligence of the government, and preventative voting laws, the idea of freedom and equality were undermined. One action the government took to promote ideas of equality were legislating 14th and 15th Amendments. The 14th Amendment stated that a person born in the United States is a citizen no matter what: “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws” (Fourteenth Amendment 1868). The 15th Amendment stated that no person can be denied the right to vote because of

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