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Honoers World Studies Essay

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As a country, America has gone through many political changes. Leaders have come and gone, all of them having different objectives and plans for the future. One period of time in which leaders sought change was 1865 which was the time period known as Reconstruction. Reconstruction was a time period of many different leaders, different goals and different accomplishments. Many debate whether Reconstruction was a success or failure. Success is an event which accomplishes its intended purpose, which Reconstruction did, but during this process of accomplishment, evil came about. There was many good things that came from the Reconstruction era which leads me to believe that it was a success, ...view middle of the document...

The 13th amendment, which freed slaves, was added to all states constitutions and all states were to abide by it. Many southern states didn't agree with this and made their own laws to combat and limit the freedom the black men had. Laws like black codes and Jim Crow were created to limit the rights that blacks had. Black codes set up laws for black men and women to follow which whites didn't have to follow, they consisted of laws like where blacks could meet and curfew for blacks. Jim Crow laws were made to keep blacks and whites segregated and support racial segregation. Organized hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan were created to instill fear into blacks. All of these tactics to instil fear in blacks were used to make black feel uncomfortable and were used to scare blacks away from voting. The Enforcement acts of 1870 banned the use of terror, force, or bribery to prevent people from voting because of their race. The 13, 14 and 15th amendment were also created to protect African Americans. The enforcement act also reinforces the 13th amendment. The 14th amendment was created to protect the rights of African Americans. The 14th amendment guarantees citizenship and prohibits slaves from passing laws which take away citizens’ rights. The 15th amendment denied states from denying suffrage on the grounds of race or color. These amendments and acts made the Reconstruction era a success because the goal of protecting African Americans was met.

When the Blacks were freed, they had a hard time trying to assimilate into society, along with competing for jobs with whites. Although segregation was illegal, many employers preferred to have a white man work for them instead of a black one. The Freedmen's Bureau was created in which helped the poor black and white men in their time of...

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