Essay2Reconstruction in the South

Essay2Reconstruction in the South - Essay 2 Alyssa Griffith...

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Essay 2 Alyssa Griffith Reconstruction in the South, Populism, and Progressivism were reform movements that challenged the prevailing notions of their time. These movements were significant and presented practical results in American history. Reconstruction in the South was a reform movement that occurred immediately after the American Civil War. The ultimate purpose of the reconstruction of the United States was to return unity and prosperity to a previously divided country. This movement was headed by President Lincoln, but was later revised by his successor Andrew Johnson. Johnson had slightly different ideas on reforming the South and bringing together the nation than did Lincoln. The Reconstruction reform movement challenged the basic concepts of the time period. The United States, having just come out of a civil war, was hardly united. The mission of the Reconstruction Movement was to change this. Southerners saw the reform as punishment for their loss in the War, while the North saw their policies as just and a way to regulate the rebellious Southerners. It also challenged Americans to reconsider the freedom of African Americans in their society. Most Americans were not willing to give them the freedom that they had earned. Unity was not a trait that the South wished to have in common with the North. Reconstruction forced this upon them with little sympathy or flexibility. During a period in which extreme controversy existed between the political parties of the United States,
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course HIST 128 taught by Professor Nelson during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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Essay2Reconstruction in the South - Essay 2 Alyssa Griffith...

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