This was huge as now black males were allowed the right to vote!
Unfortunately, in my opinion more things went wrong during the Reconstruction period than right. To begin with after the election of Andrew Johnson as President he granted any confederate planter/elite a pardon if they came to him directly (Schultz, pg.294). As he was fulfilling a desire to fit in with these men he had been carrying since he was a young boy (Schultz, pg.294). This gave white southern planters access back to their lands and allowed them to keep their social status. After this many southern elites felt it necessary to fight to keep the social stature the same as it was before the Civil War and thus they developed Black Codes (Schultz, pg.294). Modeled similarly to the slave codes that once existed. These new codes placed a larger separation between black and white Americans. Sharecropping was also developed during this time and was a way from white land owners to recreate as much as possible the slave system they had previously been running (Schultz, pg.300). However, for black Americans this was a necessary evil to be able to feed, cloth and house their families. Convict leasing was also established after the war and led to the force working of both black and white Americans