Reconstruction To what extent did the Reconstruction accomplish the complete emancipation of slavery?

As a nation, failures are are bound to come. Attempting to achieve social and economic stability is one of the most resilient processes in history and still is today. In every society, it’s almost inevitable to reach a society where, socially, all are equal, anywhere in world. However, the Reconstruction was an effort full push towards the failure than the success. Its laws were deemed to be temporary as well were the treatments.

The Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 not only abolished the abhorrent act of slavery, but also acted as a promise for a better future for Blacks and for a revised nation. An up roaring was at an arise for Black communities. At last, a legal document that assembled and granted rights of Blacks were finally being implemented. The main concern was how long was it bound to last. After all, there could be plenty of laws in place but aren’t being established at all. Such like the South, they were incessantly attempting to rescind the national laws by preventing Blacks to own too much land or at all by giving a portion of crops then having them give back another portion of what they grew. A process known as sharecropping. Systematically preventing them from profiting money for their own families. Crude and abhorrent activities were played out by clans like the KKK. In the New York Tribune, a forward letter to the activities of the KKK, it was stated a White Northern soldier was killed by members of this clan, after returning from the war during the Reconstruction. Republican Senator,Joseph Carter Abbott, described this tragedy to members of Congress implying “who, especially from the South, does not support, advocate, and urge immediate active and thorough measures to put an end to these outrages.... Is a coward, a traitor, or a fool”.

Emancipation from Freedman's viewpoint from the Harper's Weekly, Thomas Nast.

The Freedmen's Bureau were one of the only many establishments dedicated to the making of better lives and a revised nation for African Americans or any whose lives were left on ends after the Civil War. Institutions such as these built safe “homes” against those who opposed Black literacy and such freedoms, preventing them from learning and promoted the urgency for good education. Although temporary, It is one of the few legacies to be remarked by the Reconstruction that has been left behind. It signified hope, a revised nation, and, possibly, a safer American for freedmen. Thomas Nast depiction of the Emancipation is interpreted from the brutal and barbarous act done at the bottom moving to an era of educated and well employed Blacks at the top pf the picture. In the center is an African American family in a home of their own portraying a fate determined by their work and not by their skin.

All in all, as a nation, failures are bound to come.No one society will agree if benefits and privileges are passed on. It’s almost impractical to reach a society where all are, socially, equal anywhere in world. The Reconstruction was an effort full push towards the failure and the not more towards the success. It’s the same mere problem we face to today and our government system. Having Its laws and punishments more stringent on cheaper drugs such as cocaine, making it more handy to the inner cities, while where the urban and rich lie, punishments to drug are lenient. This short era was deemed to be temporary, however it now lives to show what misogyny a divided nation will produce. It's only in years later, when we join not for the best of our own prosperity, but for our nation’s prosperity do we design a better today and future.


Nast, Thomas. "Emancipation." Wikipedia.

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