Reconstruction

Reconstruction
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  • My name is Molly and I'm from Philadelphia. My family and I are visiting my Aunt Mary and my cousin Johnathan in Tennessee.  As soon as my family and I arrived people started calling us carpetbaggers. I didn't understand why until my mom told me about reconstruction in the South.   
  • Why aren't they allowing him on the front of the bus? 
  • He is not allowed in the front of the bus because of how strong  segregation in the South is This man is treated as a lower class citizen and is most likely in the sharecropping business.  
  • Why doesn't someone help him? 
  • If we help him people will think we are scalawags and we could be put in danger. We don't want people to think we support the radical republicans. It's the Freedmen's Bureau's job to take care of blacks anyway. 
  • My name is Molly and I am a Northerner and I am visiting my family in the South. When I arrived in the South everything was different. I saw freedmen being treated unfairly even though 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments had been passed. 
  • When I was staying with my family, my cousin and I went for a walk in town. When we passed a bus stop we saw the bus driver yelling at a black man for trying to sit in the front of the bus. He yelled at him, saying that he was violating Jim Crow Laws. I learned that this had to do with the Plessy Vs. Ferguson court case where the court ruled that public facilities were to be separate but equal. 
  • From staying with my family in the South I learned how harsh the treatment of blacks was in the South. From Jim Crow Laws to the Ku Klux Klan blacks were terrorized, I had never seen anything like it and it made me grateful for the ll the peace in the North. 
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