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The Reconstruction period was from 1865 – 1877 and with it came the hope that a once divided America could be made whole again. The goals of Radical Reconstruction included the passing of the 13thamendment which set four million slaves free (Pollard, 2012), the 14thamendment which gave the freed slaves citizenship, and the 15thamendment which prevented race from determining the right to vote. Even though these goals were feasible, our text tells us that “southern divisiveness, northern disillusionment, rising violence, and the flawed sharecropping system (Bowles, 2011) lead to the failure of Reconstruction.Anything that under goes a major transformation needs to take its time for the process to be successful and that is why the drastic action of the government was counterproductive. The passing of the three Civil War amendments was the morally correct thing to do. Without that government action, change might have never occurred. White southerners believed in the rights of individual states to make laws and felt that the federal government was treading on those