Was the Reconstruction a Sucess_.pdf - Chris Tuffy C Period APUSH Was the Reconstruction a Success After the Union won the Civil War in 1865 President

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Chris TuffyAPUSH C Period12/14/17 Was the Reconstruction a Success? After the Union won the Civil War in 1865, President Lincoln began to create plans for the rehabilitation of the South economically, socially, and physically. This time period called the Reconstruction Era, set many challenges for the 4 million slaves that were now considered freedmen. The U.S government tried to recognize them as equal, but socially and economically they were not seen that way due to the mindset of people in the South. African-american freedmen were now supposed to be seen by the government as politically equal due to the 13th,14th and 15th Amendment which abolished slavery, gave them citizenship and the right to vote. As a result of these amendments, people in the South began to create black codes that restricted the freedmen from the civil rights which they were just given. As a result of the Radical Republicans leading the reconstruction, southerners began to create racist groups such as the Klu Klux Klan which encouraged violence against recently freed backs and forced them into sharecropping, which tied them to the land because they were in debt. The Reconstruction was not successful, because as Eric Foner said “it was an unfinished revolution”, which meant that you can not make all of these rapid changes in such a short period of time and expect everyone to be onboard. Reconstruction ended in 1877, when President Hayes removed the federal troops in the south, which caused radical republicans to give up on the cause. Reconstruction failed to empower the freedmen, because there was no redistribution of land, there was no change in the political system, and there was no economic improvement. The Reconstruction Government was corrupt, because taxes thatw ere going towards to the International Railroad were stolen by government officials in the South under the administration of President Grant. The tax money was supposed to go towards the rebuilding of the South but it mainly went into the ocket of southern politicians, and farmers could bribe the tax collecter into not paying their taxes. Since the Reconstruction Era was not finished it led to the establishment

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