Several successes did emerge from this time period, keeping it from being a complete and total failure. Reconstruction did succeed in amalgamating the North and South into a singular country. Many steps were taken to ensure that the South was fairly reintegrated, including the Reconstruction Acts, which were passed in 1867. These included requirements for Southern states to be readmitted into the Union. These acts created five military districts in the South, each commanded by a general and policed by soldiers. Another success was the expansion of both Northern and Southern economy. Both areas were able to flourish exponentially with the help and support of their newly reunited counterparts. Industries boomed, more new products were on the market than ever before, and trade with other countries increased.
Numerous laws were passed during the Reconstruction period regarding the rights of freedmen. The Freedmen’s Bureau was one notable organization out of many that helped ex-slaves acquire property, education, healthcare, and other benefits. The Civil Rights Act of 1866 granted citizenship and equal rights to all male persons in the U.S. “without distinction of race or color, or previous condition of