Reconstruction After Civil War Essay

There were three amendments passed after the civil war. The thirteenth amendment abolished slavery in the United States. In addition, it prohibited involuntary servitude to exist in the United States, except as punishment for a crime. The Fourteenth amendment states that all people born in the United States are citizens. In addition, people can become a US citizen by naturalization. States cannot deny citizens protection, privileges and their natural rights. Furthermore, the government will not use the three fifth rule to determine the number of representative from each states, since black men are also considered citizens. All black men will be counted in the population when determining the number of representative. A US citizen is allowed …show more content…
Reconstruction was suppose to help the citizens. However, it failed and left racial justice problems that people faced in the future. After the civil war, the North gave free slaves right to vote, which they were unfit to handle. Before his death, Lincoln was willing to forgive the southern states and bring them back in the Union. Lincoln even refused to sign the Wade- Davis Bill, which mandated strict requirement for the south before they could make their new government. Andrew Johnson, who was the president after Lincoln’s death, tried to follow Lincoln’s footstep. However, the republican prevented Johnson from doing that.Since those republicans were angered by the destruction that the Civil War caused, the Republicans treated the southern government as criminals. In addition, Johnson was racist and it caused a drift between him and the republicans. Like Lincoln, Johnson was willing to forgive the south, if they promise to support the Union and abolish slavery. This caused the congress to impeach him. If Lincoln was alive, the republicans would have override Lincoln’s vetoes and probably got him impeached,too. Lincoln only wanted to win the war and end slavery. He never wanted to give black people right to vote. He wanted to give them limited civil rights. Once, Lincoln privately told Governor Hahn that he will give free ,educated slaves, and those who fought for the federal army the right to vote. However, Reconstruction acts of 1867 and 1868 gave black men right to

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