Reconstruction Failure

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The reconstruction of America was a failure because the goals were too idealistic and broad with no plan as to how the government would achieve them. Though the southern states were readmitted the government admitted the states under three separate plans, while overall achieving the goal, the smaller details of what the government required of the newly admitted states ultimately failed leaving room for the states to return with little fuss. Possible reason for this is how war ravaged the south was from the war and how little money they had to pay for it considering their work force leaving, no government there to help the citizens, and no funds sent to help rebuild the fundamental infrastructure, showing that the government’s goal of rebuilding …show more content…
The lack of work force that contributed to the little improvement of the reconstruction of the infrastructure, also led to the failure of a new social status for former slaves, because of the need for the older work for and how the former masters wanted control and stability from what was constantly leaving them. This showing that the overall reconstruction was a failure because of the methods the government used to readmit, and re-build the southern states, and create a new social status for the former slaves. Though the government created amendments and laws to help reconstruction the achievement of the goals was not successful because of the broadness, and because of the United State’s government lack of involvement to enforce measure to achieve the goals. As the Civil War came to a close the northern states wanted the government to readmit the southern states with as little fuss as possible. In order to do this three plans were devised, and …show more content…
This allowed for the failure to continue, and for sharecropping contracts that would leave the former slaves at a disadvantage, such as the sharecropping contract that a North Carolinian family approved which severely limited the former slaves freedom, as well as where they could go and how they would make their crops, and their money off of their crops. The United States government also failed to address the Louisiana Black Codes, which severely limited where and when the former slaves could go without permission which they did not need. The failure to address these codes demonstrate is a reason that lead for this goal to be unachieved. The black codes led into the statement that Henry Adams gave that showed the Black Codes’ impact on the former slaves’ lives and how the freedom that the United States promised them was more similar to a prison sentence because of the consequences explained in the black codes and how the men who encountered Henry Adams detailed. This division was not only geographical but political as well. The cartoon “Mr. Solid South” demonstrates how the former slave was thought to be as an animal, as seen through the posture demonstrated in the cartoon, and as though they cannot read clearly

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