Reconstruction

Reconstruction
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  • Have you ever thought of the end of Reconstruction after the Civil War? You know, all the steps it took to readmit the South back into the Union?
  • No, not really, tell me more.
  • Ok, so when we reach the end of Reconstruction, Congress allows former Confederates to be part of congress. But tensions start to rise after black man Hiram Revels took former president of the Confederate States Jefferson Davis's seat, and the whole South got really roused up and angry.
  • So, is there more events that happened after that?
  • Actually yes. Later on, in the election of 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden ran for president. Supposedly Tilden won, but the North wanted Hayes to be president. So then came the compromise of 1877, where the South allowed Hayes to be put in office, but wanted to take all of military soldiers out of the South.
  • Ok, I got that part. Did something else happen?
  • Well, after that, all these new problems started to pop up. For example, most of these problems had to deal with men's suffrage and segregation. Poll taxes came up, Jim Crow Laws appeared, and that was a setback for blacks because that actually enforced segregation. And we also have that famous court case Plessy vs Ferguson that favored separate-but-equal rights.
  • Uh-Uh ok... Can we get off now!
  • Well, now after many years, segregation kept on growing. Blacks got the opportunity to work in the field to work for their job. Some of them were sharecroppers. Sure, they got their own jobs, but they weren't really earning anything. So really, the late 1800s were really complicated for black people.
  • So what... what... WHAT else happened. I'm sleepy. Let's go dance.
  • SO NOW YOU KNOW, RIGHT!?
  • EH!!
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