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The Success and Failures of Reconstruction

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The Success and Failures of Reconstruction

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“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” - Abraham Lincoln. After the Civil War, America was in the era of Reconstruction, which was to bring the eleven seceding states back to a self-government and to be reseated in Congress, civil status of the former leaders of the Confederacy, and the Constitutional and legal status of freedmen. As people focused to attack on these issues, there was also people who thought the opposite was better for America such as, the South did not like some of the ideas that was to come with Reconstruction of America, and also the Klu Klux Klan who was established by white men who supported Reconstruction but not towards legal status of freedmen. The Reconstruction era was not easy to finish and it had it’s up and downs, such as The Compromise of 1877 and the Enforcement Act of 1870 were up but the downs of Blackcodes and Jim Crow Laws. Getting though our trials and tribulations isn’t easy but getting though them makes us stronger then ever.

The start of reuniting the Union and the South together was started by Lincoln’s Ten percent plan, which proposed to the South that if 10 percent of the 1860 vote count from that state had taken an oath of allegiance to the U.S. and pledged to abide by emancipation, then that state can be reintegrated into the Union. People in the North began to move down South to support the Union over there, such as northerns called carpetbaggers and southerns who were already there that supported Union known as scalawags, they organized to create constitutional conventions. They created new state constitutions to set new directions for southern states. Also educated blacks moved down to support the uneducated slaved blacks, and the natural leaders that stepped up, white or black, were elected to represent them in constitutional conventions.

There was a lot of success during the Reconstruction era such as The reunification of the Union, this separation lasted 4 years, and Reconstruction had...