What is one Legacy of Reconstruction? By: Harrison shay

During this time period the republicans in the north were pushing for rights for blacks, fighting the oppositions of the republicans in the south. This caused the Reconstruction to start out strong but eventually fail due to the North losing interest in the south.Although the reconstruction eventually failed, African Americans gained, probably the most influential right, the right to vote.

"15th Amendment." 15th Amendment. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2017.

Analysis: During this time period the Republicans were trying to get amendments in place to make it really hard for the south to get rid of them if power was lost in congress. The 15th amendment created universal male suffrage which was important because it allowed for all men to vote, regardless of race. Allowing blacks to vote was a big deal because it allows them to have more political and social mobility.

"Robert S. Anderson's Polls Tax Receipt, Memphis, Tenessee, April 25, 1940." Digital Public Library of America, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2017.

Analysis: During this time period many states in the south were creating black codes such as making people pay taxes to vote, in order to maintain control in over blacks. This poll tax was sent to a Black man in Tenessee. These codes kept blacks from fulfilling a majority of the rights they were obligated to have. This prevented a lot of blacks from having social and political mobility. Although these poll taxes started during the Reconstruction

"Barack Obama." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, n.d. Web. 18 Jan. 2017.

Analysis: When Barack Obama ran for president in 2008 he got a lot of the African American vote because they felt he would best represent them. This is because the legacy of the reconstruction lead to civil rights movements to get rid of any discrimination in the voting process. The fact the African Americans can vote without any trouble is a good thing because it allows them to pick a president that they think will represent them the best.

In conclusion, the Reconstruction gave African Americans the right to vote, even though the Reconstruction eventually failed. This is similar to the civil rights movement when people in the North wanted to get rid of discrimination and the south was filled with racism, just like the republicans versus the democrats. One difference is that at the end of the Reconstruction Blacks still faced heavy discrimination and didn't get to take advantage of many of their rights. The legacy of the Reconstruction that allows blacks to vote is very important because it provides African Americans with social, political, and economical mobility.


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