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Well its like you have re posted the question with a different term, I admit essays dont go for a small amount. However let me get you some information about the topic to help you make it better or even add points to what you will get from the person doing it on the other side.
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Here are a couple excerpts from the extensive Wikipedia article on the
Reconstruction Era (cited in Sources below) to give you a little
Following Lincoln's assassination in April 1865, President Andrew Johnson tried to follow Lincoln's policies and appointed new governors in the summer of 1865. Johnson quickly declared that the war goals of national unity and the ending of slavery had been achieved, so that reconstruction was completed. Republicans in Congress refused to accept Johnson's terms, rejected the new members of Congress elected by the South, and in 1865–66 broke with the president.. . .Congress removed the civilian governments in the South in 1867 and put the former Confederacy under the rule of the U.S. Army. The army conducted new elections in which the freed slaves could vote, while whites who held leading positions under the Confederacy were temporarily denied the vote and could not run for office.
In ten states, coalitions of freedmen, recent black and white arrivals from the North (carpetbaggers), and white Southerners who supported Reconstruction (scalawags) cooperated to form Republican biracial state governments. They introduced various reconstruction programs, including the founding of public schools in most states for the first time, and the establishment of charitable institutions. They raised taxes. . . offered massive aid to support railroads. . . Conservative opponents charged that Republican regimes were marred by widespread corruption. Violent opposition towards freedmen and whites who supported Reconstruction emerged in numerous localities under the name of the Ku Klux Klan. . .[and] conservative white Democrats, alleging widespread corruption, counterattacked and regained power in each state by 1877, often with violence. The Freedmen became second class citizens, while most Southern whites became embittered toward the North.
The next excerpt is from section 17, Legacy and historiography that pertains more directly to your assignment. I'd urge you to read this section entirely, even if you don't have time to read the rest of the article. It expresses some historical points of view has some quotes you may consider citing in your essay:
The interpretation of Reconstruction has swung back and forth several times. Nearly all historians hold that Reconstruction ended in failure. It is hard to see Reconstruction "as concluding in anything but failure" says Etcheson (2009) Etcheson adds, "W. E. B. DuBois captured that failure well when he wrote in Black Reconstruction in America (1935): 'The slave went free; stood a brief moment in the sun; then moved back again toward slavery.'" Likewise Eric Foner concludes that from the black point of view, "Reconstruction must be judged a failure." Foner stated Reconstruction was "a noble if flawed experiment, the first attempt to introduce a genuine inter-racial democracy in the United States". . . .Historian William McFeely explained that although the constitutional amendments and civil rights legislation on their own merit were remarkable achievements, no permanent government agency whose specific purpose was civil rights enforcement had been created.
Section 4.2 "Legalization of slave unions" describes an outrage suffered by black families, since marriages between slaves had not been officially recognized:
the practice of apprenticeship of black children. These children were legally taken away from their families under the guise of “providing the with guardianship and ‘good’ homes until they reached the age of consent at twenty-one” under acts such as the Georgia 1866 Apprentice Act.Such children were generally used as sources of unpaid labor.
One more section that describes some of the atrocities suffered by freed slaves and generations that followed:
Freedmen and the enactment of Black Codes
Much of the violence that was perpetrated against African Americans was shaped by gendered prejudices regarding African Americans. Black women were in a particularly vulnerable situation. To convict a white man of sexually assaulting black women in this period was exceedingly difficult. . . .
So, to suggest some topics you could develop:
Though slaves were free, they were hardly considered equal, legally or socially.
Newly freed slaves had practically no education, no property, and few resources. Only the "skills" they could learn in the service of their masters They were completely unprepared to face the responsibilities and legal problems they would face in free society.
Politically they were exploited as some gained voting rights, (but probably had little knowledge of the political system.) Then they were deprived of rights.
Incorporate some information and quotes to back up your points, and be sure to cite the source(s).
Please note that this resource was obtained from the web and therefore its not plagiarism free.
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