Kiara Milho
Reconstruction DBQ
December 27, 2013
From the start of the American Civil War until the end of Reconstruction, the United States of America suffered what can be considered a revolution. During this time many constitutional and social developments brought about a great change in the country. Some constitutional developments that caused conflict were the Emancipation Proclamation, three civil rights bills, and the reconstruction, while some social developments which could potentially lead to a revolution were the Freedmen's Bureau, the Black Codes, and the Ku Klux Klan. Together these events did put the country in a revolution.
Earlier to 1860 the United States was already split into disagreeing sides fighting for power. Although these conflicts never reached the battlefield, the slave states and Free states were always competing for representation in congress. Both sides wanted more states for them to get more representation and more votes. To prevent too much conflict, they decided on numerous compromises such as the Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850.
Although these did cause less tension a little, they were only delaying the inedible. It started when Abraham Lincoln was voted as president. South Carolina was the leader of the southern states and began the secession of the states. After Lincoln was inaugurated in 1860, seven states ceded from the Union and soon after four more joined them. The south believed that they had the constitutional right to secede. In Document A, South Carolina feared that the north would gain enough power over the south that they would abolish slavery in the south. South Carolina felt that their powers were being unrecognized, so they had no choice but to secede from the Union. This was the start of a very bloody war for both the northern and southern states. This conflict led to the Emancipation Proclamation and the freeing of the slaves in the south. However this was only the beginning of the revolution

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