The Rights Of African Americans During The Reconstruction Era
In December 5 1865, the 13th amendment was ratified it abolished slavery and granted freedom to the former slaves.. The amendment was followed by the 14th amendment which granted freedom to anyone born in the United States, former slaves included. After the Civil War, African American rejoined society as citizen, the 14th amendment which was issued was supposed to grant and protect those rights. This period after the Civil War was known as the Reconstruction Era. During Reconstruction the American nation tried to incorporate African Americans in society and help the South get back on its feet. Although the 14 amendment granted African Americans citizens rights and the 13 amendment freed the slaves, reconstruction as well as organization like the Ku Klux Klan limited those rights and freedom.
The 13th amendment freed the slaves while the 14th amendment granted them citizenship. In order to created Social quality African Americans were given rights that were originally intended for white Americans. As stated, “Congress bestows citizenship upon African Americans and grants the same civil rights to all persons, except Native Americans, born in the United States”( …show more content…
Thus, showing that they were not willing to accept African American as citizens of their society. During the era of American Reconstruction, many southern states rejected and refused to accept African Americans in their society. As stated, “Congress passes the Fourteenth Amendment on June 13 and sends it to the states for ratification. Most of the southern states reject it” (“Commentary on 1866”). The 14th amendment was passed by congress to acknowledge African American’s God given rights. Due to their pre-civil war racial conflict between the slaves and the American white population, Southerners states violated the freedom and rights given to African Americans by the 13th and 14th