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Reconstruction Essay

“The battle was done, the buglers were silent. Boneweary and bloodied, the American people, North and South, now faced the staggering challenges of peace.” After the Civil War, no one knew what to do next. The terrible conditions of the South after the war made it so no one wanted to participate in such a situation. When President Abraham Lincoln held office, he knew that the Union must be reassembled while treating the blacks respectfully which began the period of Reconstruction. Throughout this period, four presidents held office each trying to reform the poor conditions of the United States. Reconstruction ended when President Rutherford Hayes forced the Union troops to retreat from the southern states as a
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Johnson let situations like this go without penalty numerous times since he himself came from a southern state, Tennessee. The Freedman’s Bureau established in 1866 meant to bring success under Johnson’s presidency, but lasting only one year, this act virtually did nothing to help the chaos in the South. The Freedman’s Bureau provided welfare that supposedly helped the with the equality problem by supplying the blacks with food, clothing, and education. In the same year that the Freedman’s Bureau ended, Johnson allows the Black Codes to be passed which contributed to the failure of Reconstruction. These restrictions placed on the blacks of the South called for the regulation of freed slaves to make the conditions as close as possible to slavery.

Many acts and amendments contributed to the Congressional Reconstruction because Congress issued these bills. In 1866, the Civil Rights Act issued by the Republicans insured that blacks had equal rights. Being a former Tennessean, President Johnson, vetoes the bill to try to help his Democrat friends in the South. However, this bill became the first to be passed over a president’s veto. This act most likely became one of the most significant successes of Reconstruction, but as always, the South did not strictly enforce these laws. Along with the Civil Rights Act, Congress passed the Fourteenth Amendment allowing all US-born people the right to be equal.

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