Essay Reconstruction Of The Civil War

831 Words Jan 15th, 2016 4 Pages
Reconstruction was one of the biggest failures in United States History. It was supposed to be one of the most important things to happen to the country after the Civil War, but due to the lack of good leadership, and difficulty of a good compromise between the Democrats and the Republicans, it became a lost cause. The failure of Reconstruction definitely did affect the recently freed African Americans and Republicans. The Civil War was one of the most important events in United States History. It tested America by checking if it can still be preserved after the South seceded. It was a difficult win for the Union, but it was worth it because the Union was restored again. After the Civil War ended, the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified and it made slavery illegal. This made the Southerners start the system of sharecropping; people gained a piece of land but they had to give a portion of the harvest to the owner. Since slavery was now illegal this was the system most plantation owners used to gain crops. Most of the people that were in the system of sharecropping were former slaves, but some were also poor farmers. This would start the era of Reconstruction. Also the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendment were passed later, and it gave citizenship to anyone who was born in the United States; it also gave black men, the right to vote. Unfortunately President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, a Southern actor. His assassination drastically changed how the…

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