Reconstruction was the era directly after the civil war, in which the US began the rebuilding process. Overall, I believe this time in United States history was more of success rather than failure. Most importantly the union was restored, and that was the main objective.
The success of this time era to me over weighed its negatives. First off, the reunification of the Union was key because this separation lasted four years. Restoration, Lincoln’s driving force to put America back together was mostly why the separation dissolved. He believed that this was the main concern for any American. This was because every American needed to be on the same team in order for full potential as a nation. As well as, ratification of the 13th, 14th, and the 15th amendments. Which was passed for the better of the nation. Most importantly, the 13th amendment abolished slavery in general, something the African Americans had seeked for years. the 14th granted citizenship for all emancipated slaves. This was important because it proves that the ex slaves have full and equal protection just like any other citizen. Lastly the 15th amendment states that the voting rights in states cannot deny a citizen based off of race, or ethnicity. All racism, and inequality was in hopes to be completely abolished after these ratifications. Sounds like the african americans were on route to living with equality in america, well almost.
The failure of Reconstruction is visible as well though. Massive amounts of racism, and racial profiling were displayed in this time. Even though blacks had equality legally on paper, the citizens that didn’t agree with these rights exploited racism. Black codes was one of the main reasons of failure at this time. These were used at the beginning of reconstruction, where as freedmen, the blacks couldn’t always do what they wanted to do. Similar to these restrictions, the Jim Crow laws supported this discrimination, and racial segregation. For example blacks and...
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