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Dale St. JohnCharles ShindoHistory 2057February 8, 2017Changes in American SocietyThe United States during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s went through a lot of changes that affected how the country would start to develop as a whole. The Civil war was a turning point in history that was followed by a lot of controversy. The government had a goal to unify the country by reconstructing it. Problems started to occur when a large population of the country disagreed with the new laws implemented by the government. Most of the disagreements involved the rights of African Americans and immigrants. This brought complications that were detrimental to unifying a country. These laws developed into a larger problem that divided a nation between race and their beliefs. These laws are not all to blame for how the country’s society developed during this time. The stubborn minds of both the North and South caused a divided nation that made it nearly impossible for the United States to start developing into a successful country. Immediately following the war a time known as the Reconstruction period was put into place to try and unify all of the states as one. This was originally an idea that Abraham Lincoln had to bring the country together. The reconstruction process didn’t do much more than free the slaves when the thirteenth amendment was passed. Freeing the slaves brought a lot of controversy to the Southern states that heavily relied on them for labor. Although the slaves were considered free, laws in the south were passed limiting
the rights of the former slaves. These laws were known as “black codes” which limited

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Term
Spring
Professor
Rand
Tags
History, American Civil War, Southern United States

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