Why Did Reconstruction Fail

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Why did Reconstruction Fail? After the civil war ended in 1865, reconstruction was set out to occur throughout the United States. It was a plan set in place to make sure that citizens, both whites and blacks, would not be confined by segregation or racial discrimination. The 13th, 14th and 15th amendments protecting the rights of blacks and the new laws granting the previous African American slaves were steps taken to create an equal and united political, social and economical nation. This reconstruction was a new hope for the future of America. Yet a question soon answered was, was the country really ready for it? The United States, especially those in the South were not ready for the plans of the Radical Republicans. Reconstruction soon failed due to the lack of cooperation from the bitter Southerners set in their old ways, and the change in leadership that no longer supported the same equality wanted by previous leaders. Most whites, especially in the South did not support the idealistic ideas of reconstructing a better nation for all. They simply didn't want change and the laws created were not going to stop them. They already felt dominated and humiliated by the North after the civil war and principally wanted to hold their ground. Angry over the fact that they shared little political power in the country and that their states were being forced to change from the agricultural slave based ways despite the majority being satisfied, they took it upon themselves to lash out against the new era of reconstruction. The prejudice and discrimination against the blacks and the lack of cooperation from the Southerners greatly affected the original plans of reconstruction. The fierce resistance from many whites did not aid in the success of reconstruction, and the voice of the public is not a force to be reckoned with. The KKK (Klu Klux Klan) started in 1866 was an
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