Legacy of Reconstruction HOW DID THE FREEING OF SLAVES LEAD TO THE FAILURE OF RECONSTRUCTION?

After the Civil War had ended, the country entered its era of reconstruction. An era in which the country struggled with many issues. America at this point was dealing with the struggling economy in the south-- since the Emancipation Proclamation was signed and slaves were pronounced free -- the incorporation of blacks into society and political tension. These economic, social and political strifes all eventually led to the demise of the hope that the Reconstruction had held. Primarily social issues played a large factor in the failure of the Reconstruction. With the freeing of slaves, a large question was how blacks would be incorporated into society and what kind of impact they will have on the country. With the progression of civil rights but yet whites desire to, how did the freeing of slaves lead to the failure of the reconstruction? Although, the Reconstruction led to the freeing of slaves and stabilized the south, the south's inability to accept blacks into society prevented the country from unifying as one.

The KKK (Klu Klux Klan) demonstrate a failure of the Reconstruction, given that it demonstrated the country's inability to unify and overlook their own racial prejudices to rebuild the south. The KKK sought to rebel against the republicans and find a way to incite terror into the blacks, and essentially have power and control over them.
The 15th amendment, allowed all male citizens regardless of race, wealth or ownership of land, to vote. By adding this amendment it allowed the poorer classes to hold a voice and represent themselves and their opinions in the government. By allowing the african-american community to vote, it voted in the republican party and caused big changes in the south.
After Reconstruction, the South became uniform as a Democratic area. Once they gained control, the Democrats cut back costs, wiped out social programs, lowered taxes, and limited the rights of tenants and sharecroppers. These white southerners remained a major force in national politics well into the 20th century.

The Reconstruction era was a period in which the US government brought in many reforms in an attempt to unify the south and stabilize its economy. With the addition of many amendments and the development of racist hate groups such as, the KKK. These failures, successes and legacies were not enough to hold the Reconstruction Era, and it inevitably failed. This inability for the South to integrate Blacks into their way of life, prevented Blacks from obtaining high paying jobs and ultimately progressing in society. The institution of black codes prevented Blacks from earning any more than minimum wage or living a life in debt.

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