Was Reconstruction A Success

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America had just finished fighting the Civil War and we were broken. Reconstruction began in 1865 and was the time of rebuilding America after the Civil War tore apart our country. People also referred to the this time as “putting back the pieces”. Abraham Lincoln was the president during this period of time. He had thought of a blueprint for the Reconstruction; which consisted of an idea known as the Ten-Percent Plan. This plan specified that any Southern state could be readmitted into the Union as soon as 10 percent of its voters swore to an oath of allegiance to the Union. Ultimately, the Reconstruction was a success because there was peace between the North and South, but also introduced new amendments to the U.S Constitution. During the Reconstruction period of 1865-1870, three amendments of the U.S Constitution were ratified. These amendments were the 13th, 14th, and 15th and they established political equality for all Americans, They were known as the Reconstruction Amendments. The 13th amendment prohibits slavery in the United States. The 14th amendment states that anyone born in the United States is a legal citizen of the U.S. and in …show more content…

This was a huge relief for America considering how long the North and South had conflicts with each other. After the war the South was destroyed and needed the years during the reconstruction to rebuild itself. Meanwhile, during the following years, the South was so focused on regaining what they had lost during the war they were not concerned about battling with the North. The South had over three million newly freed slaves to focus on rather than trying to gain their power back. Therefore, the North and South were finally at peace during the reconstruction because the South was focused on rebuilding their society rather than gaining control over the

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