Reconstruction Era Dbq

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The Reconstruction Era, the period after the historic Civil War between 1860 to 1877, contained many revolutionary characteristics. From the economic advancements to the leap from slavery to free men, in many ways the Reconstruction Era was revolutionary, but by no means was it a revolution. Although the many changes, for the benefit of the people, did occur, the failures of this era restrained it from having a greater outcome. The Reconstruction Era, from 1860 to 1877, should not be considered a revolution, because its outcomes were nullified by the regaining of legislative power in the South by confederate leaders and because of the inequality of races. The struggle for power was a sign that although no longer separated, political parties…show more content…
Former Confederates, mostly, and some other whites, failed to cope with the idea that the men who were once slaves, could be living next to them and working with them on the same level. These men felt that although they did not deserve to be slaves, they should not be put on the same level as the working class men, who fear that their jobs may be stolen, since blacks could be paid less in some cases. Thoughts such as these showed how even though on technical terms, Blacks had gained constitutional freedom, but in the minds of the whites in society, they had not earned it fully yet. The "freedom" of the freedmen displayed the difference between the technical successes of the Reconstruction Era and the realistic failures. The Reconstruction Era was a period of change and rebuilding. Not only was the South in need of a infrastructural rebuild but the whole nation needed political and social changes. Many of the problems caused by the Civil War were fixed by Congress and President Lincoln. However, some critical changes were unfinished and not resolved causing some issues to still linger deep within the country. The Reconstruction Era showed many improvements, but the outcome
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