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There was bad and good with poor integration, but a nationally acclaimed railroad system would ultimately prevail.While the economy was growing during Reconstruction, racism was still tremendously prevalent all the through the early 1900’s, and arguably today. African Americans struggled to regain footing in finding jobs and integrate into the workforce. While many thought African Americans would help reconstruct the South, no one wanted to employ them. In various trades, including: factories, railroads, mining, and textiles, white males and females would be more likely to be employed than anyone in the black community. There wasn’t
RECONSTRUCTION AND THE WEST4much in terms of what the African American community could do to sway the communities and government in to treating them better, however with failure for the south to end racial segregation and tensions. With the north’s military pulling out of the south, the states took advantage and subsequently passed the Jim Crow Laws (Pilgrim, 2000), which put restrictions and segregation between whites and black. This consequently led to the rise of Martin Luther King as well as the African American community to revolt and protest, which later became the Civil Rights Movement. 2.How did Western settlement, particularly in terms of railroad expansion and farming, led to inevitable conflicts with the Native Americans?