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Problems of the Reconstruction after the American Civil War.

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Introduction

In 1860, eleven Southern states of America seceded, creating the Confederate States of America. Abraham Lincoln was elected that year, and was a man who was adamant about containing the Union. The Confederacy attacked the U.S. at Fort Sumter, prompting Lincoln's war on the South, in his attempt to force them back into the Union. America then fought a bloody Civil War, with the victor ultimately being the North. After this long and destructive war, many things needed to be done, but, unfortunately, many negative things came as a result. Some of these things that came as a result were the attempt to continue the oppression of blacks, despite their newly given rights, war-torn land destroyed the agrarian economy of the South, and the U.S. faced huge conflict within the government over slavery, equal rights and how to fix the South. ...read more.

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The aforementioned "Jim Crow Laws", were not broken down and outlawed until late in the 1900s. It took leaders like Martin Luther King Junior acting out for these things to come to the full attention of the government. It wasn't until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that the Jim Crow Laws were overruled and full rights were given to all men and women, nearly 90 years after the end of Reconstruction, thus showing how Reconstruction was worse than slavery. Next, during the Civil War, the land of the South had been torn apart, and the once agrarian Southern Economy seemed as though it would come to a halt. This did no last, however, as the industry of the North soon spread to the South. The South began creating factories for manufacturing textiles and the dispensation of tobacco, which meant that the South no longer had to export their cotton and tobacco, but could use it for their own purposes, to distribute it throughout the South. ...read more.

Conclusion

During Reconstruction, groups such as the KKK scared blacks away from voting, thus Democrats in the South began to take power and soon took power in the House of Representatives. The Thirteenth Amendment was passed by congress in 1865 and outlawed slavery, thus coining the term, "Worse than Slavery" as there was nearly no slavery anywhere and the politics of this era, where no guaranteed rights for blacks were established, showed it to be exactly that, worse than slavery. The Civil War split the country apart and issues such as slavery and civil rights pushed it near the brink of destruction. Freedmen were still oppressed and kept from gaining their full civil rights, coupled with the rise of white supremacist groups led to the continuation of ignorance, the return of the Southern economy to an agrarian one and the political turmoil that kept the country worse off and as famously said, worse than slavery. ...read more.

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