Reconstruction and Race Relations Paper

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Assignment 1: Reconstruction and Race Relations Paper The addition of the Fourteenth Amendment was a major historical turning point in that America finally lived up to the true meaning of its origin as a country. Although originally written in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”, the meaning of those words finally read true. The four major parts of the fourteenth amendment state the following; State and federal citizenship for all persons regardless of race both born or naturalized in the United States was reaffirmed; No state will be allowed to abridge the “privileges and immunities” of citizens; Now no person was allowed to be deprived of life, liberty or property without “due process of law; and finally no person will be denied “equal protection of the laws. For the first time in the history of the nation everyone born or naturalized in America was in truth, was now an American. Another major historical turning point, and actually the final turning point, was the “Compromise of 1877” which ended any involvement the North had in the reconstruction effort of the South. Because of the disputed presidential election of 1876, the Democratic South would allow Republican Rutherford B. Hayes to become president if they maintained power in the southern states and the North would remove federal troops from the South. The North agreed as long as the South recognized Hayes as president and respected the rights of its free black citizens. Both sides agreed and any progress that black citizens had made in the South was soon to be erased and reconstruction was at an end. People continue to come from around the world, legally and illegally, in order to become

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