Essay on progressive dbq

871 Words Apr 16th, 2014 4 Pages
With the era of American Reconstruction in America during the mid to late 1800’s came a sense of opportunity and hope for its people. America was on the move as nation, railroads being built faster than ever and the freedmen looking to find their niche in society. Although in the beginning the government provided support for these new citizens, efforts toward reconstruction faded as the years passed. Those efforts faded to a point where they were all but nonexistent, and with the unwritten Compromise of 1877, what feeble efforts that were left of reconstruction were now all but dead. Politically, reconstruction failed to provide equality by pulling Federal troops from the South, allowing former Confederate officials and slave owners
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In this system, the black family received land and seed in promise to give the landowner half the crop. The “sharecropper” would harvest his own crop and give it to the landowner to sell, but the landowner would say the sharecropper owed more than he earned. To pay the debt, the black farmer would promise the landowner a greater share of next years crop (Doc B). This never-ending cycle had poor prospects for blacks under this system. It kept blacks tied to their shares by their rented plots of land, and therefore indebted to their landowners. Blacks incomes were meager and most could only afford to buy food and clothing on credit from their landowner’s store (Doc B), thus falling deeper into debt.
In the years of 1876-1877 reconstruction failed, due to the lack on interest from the Republican government in the North on continuing to rebuild the South, thus allowing the Democrats to do all that they could to prevent freedmen from gaining the freedoms and rights of American citizens (Doc D). With the repealing of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1875 by the Supreme Court, it only further ensured equality would not be reached for freed slaves (Doc D). Although reconstruction ended in the reunification of the North and South and the abolition of slavery in all state legislatures, by the

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