The first African American leaders in the South Came from the ranks of antebellum free blacks who were joint by norther blacks to support Reconstruction. Blanche K Bruce an ex slave established a school for freedmen and in 1874 he became Mississippi’s second black U.S. senator. African American speakers who were financed by the Republican Party, spread out into the plantation districts and recruited former slaves to take part in politics. In South Carolina, African Americans constituted a majority in the lower house of legislature in 1868. Over the reconstruction twenty African Americans served in state administrations as Governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, or lesser offices.
Reconstruction a Failure or Success? Throughout the years, America has gone through many different political changes. Many presidents selected with different plans for our future. Sadly, many of those objectives have failed or came to an end.
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?
Reconstruction era, which was followed by post-civil war, was meant to unite the states back together, reconstruct properties, and most importantly, abolish slavery in the South. Although the factors such as amendments legally freed former slaves, yet WRITE THESIS After the end of civil war in 1865, Reconstruction era, which was controlled by President Abraham Lincoln, appeared to quickly coalesce the Northern and Southern states. reconstruction amendments, which were approved between 1865 and 1870, played a huge role on giving legal rights to blacks and former slaves. 13th amendment constitutionally abolished slavery in 1865 and followed up by that, 14th and 15th amendment admitted equal citizenship, protection, and rights of suffrage despite the one’s race or skin color. Former slaves were no longer belongings of their owners.
Dr. Elizabeth Varon’s lecture portrayed the complex legacy of Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9th, 1865 in the context of what it symbolized for the South, the North, and African Americans, what it’s practical implications were, and how it differs from our modern rendering of the event into folklore. Depending on their allegiance to the Union or to the Confederacy, people perceived the events that transpired at Appomattox very differently. Dr. Varon first addresses Lee and the South’s view of Appomattox a restoration of peace, with no obligations for the South to repent or change their ways. It was a noble defeat in the eyes of the Confederates in which Lee “had not stooped his proud head one
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
The time period after the Civil War was a very interesting time. Just because the Civil War was over does not mean that all of the hard feelings would go away. Families had been separated during the war and many of them still believed in what they had been fighting for. The Union had to figure out a way to get the North and South to work as a team, yet many politicians had different views as to how this should be done. Another issue that began to rise was between the President and Congress.
In 1865 there were many rumors that had spread among the slaves about the Emancipation Proclamation.(which had been signed two years before) The Emancipation Proclamation declared that all slaves in the 11 Rebel states were free. In 1865 the Thirteenth amendment was passed which freed all slaves in the US. The Thirteenth amendment took about a year to be ratified and fully enforced.
Circumstances of Reconstruction The Reconstruction of the United States was the best that could have been expected under the circumstances. Because there were no instructions for Reconstruction in the Constitution, the federal government did not have any guidelines to go by when conducting this gradual process. Unfortunately for the people working in the federal government, there were several circumstances that prohibited them from reconstructing the nation the best way possible. These circumstances are events that could not have been prevented or changed.
Abraham Lincoln, today is known as one of the greatest, smartest President in America. Lincoln was a hard working man who struggled for a living and learning. When he became involved in local politics, he won the election to Illinois state legislature in 1834. Lincoln was a self taught lawyer and legislator who was against slavery. He wanted to end slavery and many people were shocked when he won for president in 1860.
Reconstruction Political Spectrum The people on the left side of the spectrum are people like Liberals and Revolutionaries, depending on how far left you go. They favor change. During Reconstruction groups like the Radical Republicans, White Unionists, and Black Freedmen were on the left side of the spectrum.
From the late 1820s to the 1830s, there was a strongly democratic presence in the United States government, due to the Presidency of Andrew Jackson. The Democratic Party strived to be “protectors of the Constitution,” by following it strictly, and promising citizens the rights and liberties contained within it, however, this was only partially carried out. The party did work to prevent the federal government from becoming too powerful, as evident in their abolition of the Second National Bank of the United States. However, Daniel Webster accused Jackson of undermining social justice and states’ rights, saying that the majority of states supported the Second National Bank, and the federal government was acting based on their own special interests.
How would reconstruction have ended if Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and was able to enforce his reconstruction plan? How would the Emancipation Proclamation be enforced in the previously Slave-South? Would we enforce it differently than the Fugitive Slave Act?