Even though black codes restricted their rights, some African Americans became politicians and fought for more freedom.
General Sherman promised freed slaves land and animals during the Civil War but didn't give them anything because most Republicans considered private property a basic American right so they decided to give it back to plantation owners.
Panic of 1873
The KKK wanted to destroy Republicanism and stop African American's from gaining freedom.
Election of 1876
Enforcement acts were passed to send troops where the KKK met to ensure that African American's were safe.
Enforcement is needed!
Release acts against the KKK!
The downfall of Reconstruction started when a bunch of banks failed causing The North to takes its attention away from The South.
The election of 1876 marked the end of Reconstruction when Rutherford B. Hayes was elected, withdrawing troops from The South.