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Reconstruction Dbq Analysis

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During the civil war, many Americans lost and risked their lives to fight for their beliefs, emancipating the slaves or the White supremacy. The civil war resulted with the freedom of slaves and the period of Reconstruction (1865-1877). The Reconstruction tried to solve the problem of what would happen to the freed men and how the government would reintegrate the Southern States into the Union. Both of the said events caused social, political, and economic changes to American society. In 1868, the 14th Amendment was created as a result of the emancipation of slaves. The 14th Amendment granted the slaves citizenship and protected their rights. “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of…show more content…
When the Ku Klux Klan was formed, they tried to cease the African American from participation in the political process. “We would state that we have been law-abiding citizens, pay taxes, and in many parts of the state our people have been driven from the polls, refused the right to vote. Many have been slaughtered while attempting to vote.” [Doc. 3] Southern States deprived the right to vote from the former slaves because of their race and color. “Their (Mississippi, South Carolina, or Louisiana) framers intended and did disfranchise a majority of their citizenship [deprived them of the right to vote] because of “race and color” and “previous condition”..” [Doc. 7] This lead to the ratification of 15th Amendment. The 15th Amendment protects the right to vote of the emancipated slaves as it says on the document, “the right to vote shall not be denied on the basis of race, color, or previous condition.” The aftermath of civil war, resulted with good economical changes. The slaves used to work on their master’s plantation. However, when they were freed they spread out and became independent. They became farmers on the properties of their former landlords. [Doc. 4] In 1887, the South manufactured more products and had a good trade relationship with the North. [Doc. 5] The Civil War had a huge impact on the American society. It resulted with positive and negative outcome, but it helped to shape the nation that we are in
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