C121-Task 3.docx - Part A The Reconstruction Era was a time for the Union and Confederate states to become a nation under one constitution Many race

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Part A: The Reconstruction Era was a time for the Union and Confederate states to become a nation under one constitution. Many race relations changed during this era. White owners of southern plantations found themselves in debt due to the lack of workers. With slaves becoming free citizens, many left the plantations in search of family. This left some plantation owners upset that slaves left without a care or concern for the slave owner. They felt that the slave should be more concerned. In an attempt to keep works, many plantation owners came to an agreement of sharecropping where the prior slave would continue to work on the farm and share the crops produced allowing both parties to make money. Manynewly freed slaves realized that sharecropping only brought them more debt with the plantation owner. Major changes also happened within the American Constitution. The Thirteenth Amendment ended slavery, the Fourteenth Amendment addressed citizenship and equal protection under the law, and the Fifteenth Amendment prohibited discrimination in voting rights based on color, race or previous condition of servitude. This was just the being of many changes to the Constitution providing the inalienable rights promised to all. Another major and exciting change during the Reconstruction Era was the right to legal marriage. Before the Civil War, slaves were not allowed to enter into a contract as they were considered property. Families could and would be torn apart by slave owners at any time and without a reason.

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