1The South and the WestGenevieve B. TwingHistory 165February 29, 2016Nicholas Weeks
2The South and the WestThe SouthThe Reconstruction had many success and just as many failures. The biggest accomplishments were the abolishment of slavery (13th Amendment), granting African Americans citizenship (14th Amendment), giving African Americans a right to vote (15th Amendment) and building a foundation that allAmericans should be afforded the opportunity to receive an education. Never before were African Americans afforded the right to own land, legally marry, get an education, sign contracts, and many other civil right. Yet on the other hand programs the like the Freedman's Bureau failed in the long run but set a foundation for education for African American and impoverished whites. Without the Freedman's Bureau we would not have universities like Howard and Fisk which are predominately African American. The economy of the south grew tremendously with building of new roads, bridges, schools and buildings. This improved transportation and trade and reunified the North and South. The African Americans were bettering themselves through the development of their own school, churches and organizations.