Many white Southerners refused to accept blacks’ new status and resisted the idea of equal rights.
This won't end like this, I'll get my revenge
African Americans founded their own churches, which often became the center of the African American community.
I can finally get my life together.
African Americans began to take an active role in the political process. Not only did they vote, but for the first time they held office in local, state, and federal government.
After reconstruction started in the South there was much opposition.The most notorious and widespread Southern groups against reconstruction was the KKK. The KKK was to Destroy the Republican Party, to throw out the Reconstruction governments, To aid the planter class, and Prevent African Americans from exercising their political rights.
To stop Klan violence and Democratic intimidation, Congress passed a series of Enforcement Acts in 1870 and 1871. One act provided for the federal supervision of elections in Southern states. Another act gave the president the power to use federal troops in areas where the Klan was active.
Reconstruction ultimately failed because of the Lack of support for Reconstruction because of disunity in the Republican government. The Supreme Court also began to undo some of the social and political changes that the Radicals had made. Government began to retreat from Reconstruction policies. As the Republicans’ hold on the South loosened, Southern Democrats began to regain control of the region.