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They took away a number of rights and reduced their personal freedoms. The KKK was also founded to harm African Americans. It was an organization that did not want them to have rights,and it eventually became violent, doing things like lynching African Americans. W.E.B. Du Bois became one of the nation’s earliest African American civil rights activists. He spoke out against the oppression and tried to better society. There were Southerners who favored Reconstruction. These people were disliked and called scallywags. For the most part, the South wanted to remain
racist and not be bothered. After the Compromise of 1877, African Americans lost a lot of their rights and would not make much more of a breakthrough until the civil rights movement of nearly one hundred years in the future.A lot of progress was made during the period of Reconstruction. There were many political, economic, and social reforms. Though this period was ended by the Compromise of 1877, the South was changed forever. Some changes were left for years. Still, a lot of them were lost. Especially the changes in African American rights, because the end of federal troop enforcement and many court cases caused them to lose freedom. The Compromise of 1877 brought an end to an era and marked a great change in the country.