Reconstruction Assessment
Updated: 1/13/2021
Reconstruction Assessment

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  • Whilst, the Civil War era/Reconstruction time is riddled with death, blood shed, opposing viewpoints, plots resulting in murder and battles that were waged due to the ever present question of slavery. It's denounce this era or period of time as negative on all levels. However, due to the events with which occurred during this time there were some policies created that held political positives for those(you can say) for which the war was fought, African Americans. These political positives or beneficial policies being the creation and institution of the Civil War amendments(13th, 14th and 15th amendments).
  • The 13th amendment, passed and legalized on January 31st, 1865, would free all the slaves in America. This amendment would outlaw slavery and prevent the south from owning slaves or having and similar practice to slavery. Whilst, this amendment wouldn't start to really take effect until after the wars end during reconstruction. This policy was crucial in protecting previously enslaved African Americans from coming face to face with a similar reality in the south that they had prior to the war. This law was a positive experienced by blacks living in the U.S as this amendment would prohibit the institution that they so desperately wanted to be destroyed. The 14th amendment, ratified in 1868, granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States—including former slaves—and guaranteed all citizens “equal protection of the laws.” The 14th amendment served to give blacks their citizenship. This was a huge positive in moving towards equality between whites and blacks as blacks were now promised the same citizenship and protection guaranteed by the law as whites. Finally, we come to the 15th amendment, this amendment prevent the right to vote of beingdenied by the U.S Gov. or states based on accounts of race, color, or previous enslavement. This amendment was a big positive experience by African Americans living in the north and south as not only were they free, citizens of the U.S. but were also given the undeniable right to vote as such. For the U.S gov. to diminish it's previous authority and state authority over the African American vote was a huge step, especially in the south towards serious reform for African Americans.
  • The South
  • NO!!!!!!!
  • Therefore, whilst the Civil War period held many negatives politically, socially and economically there were some political/social positives that cannot go unsaid when speaking about reconstruction. As, yes, there were many negatives during the Civil War era en d even during reconstruction before and after the enactment of these laws. However, the very institution of these amendments created the means for which African Americans could be free, citizens with undeniable ability to vote. I think at least that's a positive that the United States experienced during reconstruction.
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