How Did African American Life After Slavery

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Archer Mitchell Amm2835@email.vccs.edu Humanities 220 March 1, 2012 Life after Slavery The Reconstruction Era took place in the south after the Civil War. From 1861 to 1865 the Northern part of the United States and Southern part of the United States fought over many issues. The Reconstruction Era was from 1865 through 1877, the goals was to reorganize the states under federal control and try to restore to the union. After the Civil war, the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth amendments were added to the Constitution, which lead to the ending of slavery. President Abraham Lincoln proposed the thirteenth amendment because he was strongly against slavery and often he let it be known. Passing of the thirteenth amendment forced the southern states to free all slaves that were in their possession. The fourteenth amendment to the United States Constitution declared that all persons born in the United States were American citizens including African Americans who were former slaves. The fifteenth amendment purpose was to prohibit each government in the United States from denying a…show more content…
Trying to take advantage of new choices being free definitely brought changes in their lives. Many were able to get married and have a family, have some land, so they raise their families and make a profit. Many of them got educated because they felt they deserved it after all of them years as a slave, which they owners didn’t let them received. Even though freedom did not come at the same time for all slaves, the Reconstruction Era changed the United States and gave all of us a better life. The Reconstruction Era changed my life because growing up my mother put me in summer programs at Talladega College. The image below bought memories back to me as a kid. I actually grew up right there by the college that was mention in the image
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