During the Reconstruction Era white supremacists were racist toward the freed slaves and created violent groups to scare them away. This political cartoon was created by Thomas Nast to show how the African Americans were limited in opportunity and their freedom was a "lost cause".
In the Reconstruction period African Americans were limited in what they could do. The belief that their freedom was a ‘lost cause’ spread throughout African communities in the south. Although the black population’s liberties were greatly hindered by racists and cults they did gain some rights in the reconstruction period.
One everlasting effect of the previous social system is racism. This still exists today even against other social groups other than African Americans. During the period it was widely discussed whether blacks should be able to vote; “The unanimity with which the colored voters act with a party is not referable to any race prejudice on their part” (Blanche K. Bruce's Civil Rights Speech before the U.S. Senate). The racist people believed that they shouldn’t be allowed to, this contributed to the ‘lost cause’ belief by furthering their limited freedoms.
The 14th amendment was considered one of the Reconstruction amendments because it granted all citizens to be born in the United States to be legible for citizenship. This amendment was part of the reconstruction’s legacy because it allowed more freed slaves naturalized citizens of the United States. Thus contributed to the changing political and economic system of the time period.
Lastly, the 15th amendment posed a legacy within the United States by granting voting rights to free African Americans. This liberty expanded throughout the course of American history and later led to universal woman’s suffrage.
As the African males were fighting for universal male suffrage there was another storm brewing behind the scenes. Women hadn’t had the right to vote, so some key women such as Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton advocated for universal women’s suffrage behind the scenes.