Professor: Dr. James Adams
April 28, 2013
America's Post-Civil War Growing Pains
There were two major turning points during this period were the Reconstruction and Industrialization. The Civil wars ended in 1865 and with the end of the civil war bought reconstruction to the south from 1865 to 1877. The physical rebuilding of the southern region began quickly and progressed rapidly but reconstructing southern society was much more difficult process, especially considering the political question about to integrate rebel states back into the nations and the social question about how to integrate 4 million newly freed slaves. (Shultz, 2012)
In 1863, Lincoln had issued his Ten Percent Plan, which offered amnesty to any southerner who proclaim loyalty to the union and support of emancipation of slaves. (Shultz, 2012) Lincoln was trying to drain support to the confederacy and shorten the war by making the ten percent look easy.
Reconstruction age did little to help newly freed slaves, while President Lincoln wanted the freed slaves to receive new opportunities, like purchase land, education, voting rights, etc. All that was cut short because the assassination of President Lincoln in 1865, Lincoln's deep empathy would bee missed as the battle to reconstruct the nation now took place between defiant congressional republicans and the insecure man who had stumbled into the presidency Andrew Johnson. ( Shultz, 2021)
If president Lincoln had not been assassinated it would have been different when it came to freed slaves and their rights, when Lincoln was gone so was his view on what need to change without the reconstruction age we wouldn’t have had these significant achievements, including two new constitutional amendments the 14 and 15 amendments also the 13 amendment was a big part of the constitution.
The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution officially abolished and continues to prohibit slavery and...