Virginia Riggs American identities have prospered since the mid 1800’s. The reconstruction era was a major turning point in the way Americans would begin identifying themselves. Americans are always striving to be better as a whole than they were before. They would go to any extent to make a better nation for all. The American way was to always work hard and if it was not going the right way, work harder. After the Civil War America started shaping itself into what it has now become, through eras such as reconstruction, industrialization and expansion of the west. America was shattered after the Civil War. President Lincoln wanted to find a way to heal America and bring it back together in peace. Reconstruction was a way to bring equality to all Americans including the African-American slaves. This would be Lincoln’s way in working to bring the nation together as a whole and to allow every man the rights they deserved. Freed slaves should now gain a degree of freedom and civil rights. Such as being allowed to have an education, own land, and form social institutions. Lincoln was against slavery but was assassinated in 1865 at the beginning of the reconstruction era. Vice president Andrew Johnson now took his position. Lincoln was against slavery, which was helping the movement for African-Americans in gaining more rights. When Johnson came into office he was still for slavery, he was considered an ardent racist. Johnson then created black codes. This way African-Americans would still have rights but they were
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