Reconstruction and the Myth of the Lost Cause

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After the Civil war, the Union was reestablished in racism. Reconstruction was the constitutional effort (13th, 14th, 15th amendment) of the north to force the south to treat the freed slaves as citizens. Reconstruction failed miserably. It is one of the least glorious parts of American history. Some nationalists like to think that there are no badly edifying chapters of America, and decide to forget about it. The civil war was one of the big three events along with the Revolution and World War Two. Everybody knows about the civil war, but when it comes to reconstruction, most of my friends have never heard of it. I think it is a travesty and just ignorant of our society to not teach about Reconstruction in history classes. Reconstruction was the period directly after the Civil war. What it mainly did was consign African Americans to ninety years of second-class citizenship. The term second-class citizen is a horrible term for what actually was made of them. African Americans went through ninety years of Jim Crowe laws. After the Civil war, John Bingham wrote the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth, amendments. These had to be included because the original constitution was a pro slavery document. The original constitution was schmoozed and did not confront racism whatsoever. Half of the people who wrote it actually owned slaves. The United States has been called a country with a “constitution fetish”. The United States was the first country to have a dominating written law of the land. This idea conquered the world. Even dictators have constitutions. Just like how no Iraqi had a say in their constitution, African Americans had no say in theirs. Lincoln wanted the reconstruction amendments because he thought the country would only get stronger if we were all one or all the other. Lincoln knew slavery had to be abolished. That was his reasoning behind the war, even though he did not say this early on in the war because there were still iffy states. Everyone...
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