Reconstruction of America Essay

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The Reconstruction of the United States As a country, America has gone though many political changes throughout its lifetime. Leaders have come and gone, all of them having different objectives and plans for the future. As history takes its course, though, most all of these “revolutionary movements” come to an end. One such movement was Reconstruction. Reconstruction was a time period in America consisting of many leaders, goals and accomplishments. Though, like all things in life, it did come to an end, the resulting outcome has been labeled both a success and a failure. The Reconstruction Era was as damaging to America as the Civil War itself. In the time leading up to the Civil War the south was unhappy with the current state of the country, so they decided to leave the Union. They thought it was okay to leave if they were unhappy, while the North thought it was treason. So the two sides went to war. After all was done, The North had won and now faced the difficult task of reincorporating the South in to the Union once again, as well as rebuilding the South after being torn apart by the war. It was widely believed that Reconstruction was successful, when in fact; it was a complete failure, as it had changed very little. After the Civil War, America was a nation in crisis. The crisis faced by Congress was what to do with the states that had left the Union. How should they be let in; should they be let in at all; what do they have to do in order to be readmitted in to the Union? These were some of the questions that came before congress along with how they could keep the rebel leaders out of power to prevent this from happening again. If the Confederate leaders were to be left alone would they try to rebel once again? Of course the big problems of Reconstruction were that the North and South were at odds against each other. They did not like one another nor

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