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Madison Jesseman 2-14-10 Discussion 3 In reading “Reconstruction After the Civil War,” much is mentioned about post- war slavery and discrimination. In the very beginning of the book, you learn that even after the war, whites who used to be slave owners were terrified that their old slaves would come back to kill them. They thought the old slaves were planning another uprising and that they were in grave danger. Because of this fear, the much needed rebuilding of the nation was compromised. Even though America was such a mess from the war, there was too much tension between the freed slaves and those who used to be slave owners to properly fix anything. This proves that even though the war was over and new laws were in place, it would take much more to change the human nature at the time. The confederates would not simply give up their old ways of lives because that would only make them feel even more defeated. Slavery existed for so long that only time could
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Unformatted text preview: make the tensions between whites and blacks less intense. Another part I found interesting, was how even though blacks could now vote, the system was structured in a way where whites were still considered superior. It mentions that out of a population of 4 million, only 700,000 were registered to vote, however very few were qualified to take part in the government. This is because of how poor the quality of education was at the time before blacks could vote. It would take many more years of higher-level education before blacks could successfully participate in the American government. This all proves the point that even If you change a law, it does not necessarily mean that you have changed the minds of the public. Racism was still hugely common in the times immediately following the war, and is still evident in today’s society. Human minds do not change automatically due to what is written on a piece of paper, but because of time and large events....
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