Stone LoganHY 104Dr. Ratliff August 25, 2019Module 1 EssayAfter the Civil War ended, Reconstruction sought to bring the North and the South together while implementing changes to the South. Since slavery seemed to be over after the war, the United States also sought to bring freedom to ex-slaves. The road to freedom for many ex-slaves was not an easy one. The definition of being free to newly free black men had an uncomplicated and absolute meaning. However, many Southern whites had different feelings about Reconstruction and views on the rights of newly freed black men. The Civil War ending also marked the start of the Reconstruction era. Reconstruction was a hopeful solution to the problems that our nation faced prior to and during the Civil War. The concept of freedom after the war was perceived differently by white men and black men. Many whites in America saw this new era as a very dark and vicious time, still believing they were racially inferior to many ex-slaves. However, newly freed slaves knew “of the hard times ahead” after the end of the war but it also promised “racial advancement and development” (Carter 1985, 148). The differing views made the claim that “all men are created equal” a hard one to achieve. Many Southern whites were still very much pro slavery, and they made real freedom hard to achieve. Reconstruction was there to help ex-slaves achieve the freedom that the nation had just fought for. However, many white Southerners wanted to restore their society and wantedto fight for what they thought freedom meant to them.