Reconstruction and the Myth of the Lost Cause has been misinterpreted and in some cases, not even taught by most teachers. Reconstruction failures have affected “race relations” throughout the United States. Eric Foner said “ Today’s scholars believe that if the era was “tragic,” it was not because Reconstruction was attempted but because it failed.” Students throughout the United States need to be educated on the importance of Reconstruction and The Myth of the Lost Cause. Also, the Confederate monuments can relate back to the failure of Reconstruction and the Myth of the Lost Cause. According to Jennifer Schuessler from the article “Taking Another Look At the Reconstruction Era,” she defines Reconstruction as the period of time from the …show more content…
The term the Lost Cause refers to Confederacy, which is the Confederate states of America (Lecture, 1-24-18). He fights over this every year because there are some teachers who try to glorify American history and sweep the bad things that happened in the United States under the rug. Locally, there even was a teacher in U-46 who refuses to teach some of the curriculum because it shows the bad things that America has done (Lecture, 2-6-18). This is a bad thing because all students are not being taught the same thing, and some teachers are skipping over topics. The instructor feels like Reconstruction needs to be taught about in every history class because it is a very important event that happened in American history (Lecture, 1-24-18). The Civil Rights Act of 1866 was also created in result of Reconstruction to help any person who was born in the United States with citizenship (Foner). It is important for people to know the importance acts, and laws that were put into place from the Reconstruction era. The 14th amendment was also created to give equal citizenship to everyone (Schuessler). The Civil Rights Act of 1866 ended the Jim Crow laws that were in place, and the Jim Crow laws allowed segregation to happen between white and black people …show more content…
These statues are not only a part of our history, but also a landmark for people to see and learn about our country’s past. Reconstruction and the monuments were both interpreted in the wrong way. A quote from the article, “We Need to Move, Not Destroy, Confederate Monuments” said “when you find yourself at a crime scene, you don’t destroy the evidence. You preserve it for the prosecution. In the case of images like this, the prosecutor is history, and the trial may be a long one, stretching far into the future, with many witnesses called.” Eric Foner even mentions in his article that “But the era has long been misunderstood.” Both the monuments and Reconstruction need to be looked at in a different way than what they are right now. Jennifer Schuessler also stated in her article that “In recent decades, historians, most notably, Eric Foner, has discredited such stereotypes, painting a more inspiring picture of a hopeful if different era. But that work has been slow to seep into the consciousness.” This shows that people are not learning the truth about Reconstruction just like they are judging those sculptures the wrong way. William R. Black also states in his article that some former presidents had slaves, and people want their monuments to be taken down. However, the monuments were made to praise the good that those presidents have done
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I feel that congress should not make a national monument for those who move to the west in the 1850s and 1860s, which are known as pioneers. I feel that they shouldn’t do this because it is a historical site or geographical area that is set aside by a national government and is maintained for public use. A national monument may cause fights, because it is created from any land that is owned or controlled by the government. National monuments also need proper care and management for the objects in order for them to be protected. National monuments also require a fee before entering, which back in the 1850s and 1860s people didn’t really have any money, especially to be spent on a monument.
Civil War Monuments The Confederate monuments from the Civil War in many cities, colleges, and universities are being asked to be taken down. The monuments are causing problems between the U.S. citizens. Many people are protesting and saying that the monuments are a symbol of racism, and symbolism of traitors to the U.S., and are used to show white supremacy. These monuments should be taken down from the public but they should not be destroyed.
The reconstruction period was a failure because African Americans, mainly males, were not treated with equality although the constitution said that the they were free and had the right to vote, be educated and had the right to liberty, life and the pursuit to happiness. Organizations, like the KKK, were created to harm freed slaves and their families. Laws were created such as the Black Codes restricting former slaves from their rights. African Americans endured a lot of violence over the years. “In Grayson, Texas, a white man and two friends murdered three former slaves because the wanted to ‘ thin the niggers out and drive them to their hole’”.
24 November 2015 The Real Death of Reconstruction There is no easy way to decide who can be held accountable for the end of the Reconstruction Era. Attempts to rebuild the South ceased to exist in 1877, just over ten years after the Confederacy surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant in Appomattox Court House, Virginia. It seemed as though everything was on the right track in 1876, the one hundred year anniversary of The United States. That was, however, until the South waged conflict against black and white citizens of The United States.
A few days after the civil War ended, President Lincoln was assassinated and never had the chance to implement his Reconstruction plan. The Reconstruction Era occurred in the period of 1865 to 1877 under the reign of President Andrew Johnson who was the predecessor of President Lincoln. Congress was not scheduled to convene until December 1865, which gave Johnson eight months to pursue his own Reconstruction policies. Under his Reconstruction policies, the former Confederate states were required to join back into the Union and heal the wounds of the nation.
Reconstruction is during which the United States began to rebuild the Southern society after they lost to the civil war. It lasted from 1865 to 1877, and it was initiated by President Lincoln until his assassination in 1865. President Johnson continued Lincoln’s agenda to continue the Reconstruction. Throughout the process of Reconstruction, one of its main purpose was to guarantees for equal rights for all people, especially for the African Americans. Even though slavery was abolished after the civil war, many Southerners were still against the idea of equal rights for all black people, such as the Republicans.
Many of these same generals have been given monuments all over the country, but more specifically on Monument Avenue in Richmond. Originally, the monuments were meant to show the bravery of the soldiers throughout the war. Now, they have come under fire for a multitude of reasons, including “allowing domestic terrorism” and “having a toxic effect”. Robert E. Lee, known as a commander of the Confederate States Army, was given a monument on Richmond’s Monument Avenue, although the reception of the monument has changed drastically between from its unveiling to now. Robert E. Lee was born on January 19, 1807.
The American civil war led to the reunion of the South and the North. But, its consequences led the Republicans to take the lead of reconstructing what the war had destroyed especially in the South because it contained larger numbers of newly freed slaves. Just after the civil war, America entered into what was called as the reconstruction era. Reconstruction refers to when “the federal government established the terms on which rebellious Southern states would be integrated back into the Union” (Watts 246). As a further matter, it also meant “the process of helping the 4 million freed slaves after the civil war [to] make the transition to freedom” (DeFord and Schwarz 96).
Reconstruction caused prejudice and inequality. To elaborate, the creation of the Ku Klux Klan and the Black Codes were both in the time period of reconstruction, which caused chaos and violence throughout the Union. One of the goals of reconstruction was to repair the economy in the South, because it depended on slavery, which was now illegal, due to the thirteenth amendment. The South’s economic system now depended on Sharecropping, which caused former slaves to be in constant debt and was unjust to the black society. The reconstruction time period, was a time of dispute between the Union.
Maceo Cardinale Kwik Reconstruction Reconstruction was the twelve years after the civil war. Those twelve years were full of readjustment fixing the ruin the United States had fallen into. The problems that had the United states in disarray were how to, rebuild the South, reunite the states, and ensure the rights and protection of the newly freed African Americans. The civil war left the South in shambles, and newly freed slaves struggled to adjust to their new freedom. Most Southerners hated reconstruction and everything else about the North.
A monument that is not desired will not be effective or honored such as the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota. People have to favor a monument being put in place in order for it to work. An example of this would be the Crazy Horse Memorial sculpture being developed in South Dakota. Lawrence Downes argues in Source C (Downes), “The Crazy Horse Memorial has some of the same problems: it is most definitely an unnatural landmark. Some of the Indians I met in South Dakota voiced their own misgivings, starting with the fact that it presumes to depict a proud man who was never captured in a photograph or drawn from life.”
There is an issue which has sparked some conflict which is based on the topic of whether or not Confederate Statues and Confederate symbols should be removed due to the background that they represent. Though they may represent history, the history that they represent is done in such a way which’ll show support for the Confederacy and honoring Confederate Soldiers. I believe that cities shouldn’t be allowed to rename locations and remove Confederate Statues because this would be very similar to removing history from our everyday life. One reason for why I believe that cities shouldn’t be allowed to remove Confederate symbols is because removing statues and renaming locations would put people at a high risk of forgetting about what’s happened
In the news today, a continual debate can be found about the significance of Confederate monuments and if they should remain or be removed. Confederate monuments that have been erected throughout the U.S. should be kept because of the preservation of America’s history. For instance, in the article, The Unbearable Lightness of Confederate-Statue Removal, the author lists how slaveholder monuments aren’t the only statues being vandalized, but the Lincoln Memorial and Mount Rushmore are other symbols of U.S. history that some believe need to “blow up” (Murdock). Every historical symbol can have both people who appreciate it and who oppose it. That doesn’t mean that we should tear down all symbols, but
Should monuments be removed? For many years people have been arguing whether certain controversial monuments, such as statues, should be destroyed or removed. A common type of monuments in this situation are the Confederacy monuments. These are various statues across the US which honor Confederate leaders or “heroes”. Many see these offensive since those people basically oppressed African Americans for years and were fighting to keep doing so.