Reconstruction: Did the South gain fair compensation for their losses post Civil War?

The Reconstruction was a period of time post-Civil War, and is often thought of as not very successful. The events and acts passed during this time both by the Northern and Southern states were questionable. Which leads to the question: “Did the South gain fair compensation for their losses post Civil War?” Although the South had been defeated, with their main source of labor and economy taken away, they did however receive fair compensation because of certain acts passed in favor of their opinions, such as the Reconstruction of Georgia, and Black Codes.

The Reconstruction of Georgia was a movement that was very positive for the South. The act states that with the involvement of officials, and even the US military, it would force future and current leaders of Georgia to undergo Reconstruction with aid from the Union. This overall was a very positive event of Reconstruction, and helped the South recuperate from some physical damage that took place during the war.
Black codes were another way of the South keeping the tradition they wanted. These codes were made to suppress the rights of African-Americans, by calling them free on technicality. It restricted their rights very much, although still calling them people of the state, so they had some rights, to marriage and others. The Black Codes contained many laws however on labor contracts and restricting their rights, still a nod towards white people being their masters. The Black Codes overall were a petty attempt by the South to keep African-Americans in their place, not willing to assimilate. Acts like these during the Reconstruction, ones that conflicted with new views and the Union were pointless and caused the Reconstruction to fail.
The overall Legacy of the Reconstruction was a time period in which progression was supposed to happen, when in reality it did not. Although many acts were passed, it was a ploy for believing that change was happening. The 15th amendment for example, finally allowed African-Americans to vote, but as the document states: “Although ratified in 1870, the promise of this act wouldn’t be seen until a century later.” The 15th amendment is a summary of how the Reconstruction tried and failed to make any change.

The Reconstruction was a progressive period to some extent, with many acts being passed, different amendments involving citizenship and voting rights being ratified, but overall not much was actually done. The struggles of the Reconstruction however relate very much to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s, because of all the struggles and segregation that African-Americans had to suffer before really gaining their long wanted rights.

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