Political cartoon on black codes
Primary Source #2: Black codes- The Ohio Black codes are basically long lists of restrictions on black men. This was very suffocating for colored people since they were held back from voting, settling in their desired place, and holding large amounts of property. They were also punished extremely severely for "crimes" that were seemingly small and irrelevant. For example, if a black man was to aid or support another African American from leaving the country, they would be fined, prevented from leaving, convicted, and probably killed soon after. This soon led to the failure of the Reconstruction period.
Primary Source #3: KKK- The Ku Klux Klan definitely left its mark or became a legacy during the Reconstruction period. Widespread racism and white supremacy became one of the leading problems after the Civil war. The KKK had written a letter to Davie Jeems, a black Republican who was recently elected sheriff in Lincoln County, Georgia threatening to kill him if he did not "quit hunting on sunday and shooting your gun in the night." This document was quite disturbing to come across since the threat was written with a mocking and eerily creepy tone.
Conclusion: All in all, there were many successes of the Reconstruction era, but many other aspects such as white supremacy and discrimination led to its downfall. Gay marriage was legalized in the United States, but it still became quite a controversial topic and many individuals were opposed to it because of their beliefs. Similarly to the downfall of the Reconstruction Era regardless of its successes, gay marriage was still opposed by many despite the fact that it was legalized.