Essay on Reconstruction Of The South After The Civil War

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Reconstruction in the South after the Civil War would prove to be a challenging endeavor for the United States having to literally re-create an entire portion of the nation. This couldn’t be any closer to the truth in the case of New Orleans, where political reform and overhaul of its past principles, was a change that would come slowly and with a lot of time. One incident during the Reconstruction period that helps underline how hard these changes would be to achieve was the kidnapping of Mollie Digby, it is from the early “facts” about the case that help ignite turmoil in the city, state, and eventually the entire country. Before, and during, the time of the actual kidnapping of Mollie Digby the social structure and the political system of New Orleans was drastically changing from the outcome of the Civil War. Firstly, African American citizens were “free” in the eyes of the federal government, but because of the open wounds still bleeding from the South’s loss to the North it would be hard to actually enforce such a thing in the antebellum South for ex-Confederates would migrate to New Orleans and convinced whites in the city to “change their relations” with African Americans, this lead to white southerners to treat African Americans of the like completely differently than they had. Secondly, African Americans were not able to vote, following the ending of the Civil War ex-Confederate soldiers went back to their lives before the war, which was a concern for the Union,…

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