Failure Of Reconstruction Dbq

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After the bloodiest war occured in American History, the aftermath known as Reconstruction took into effect. Reconstruction played a major role in the South especially for the African-Americans as they were given rights. The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments were passed during the Reconstruction era and it had a profound effect towards the African-Americans. However, Reconstruction did come to an end in 1877. Although both the North and the South played a role towards the failure of Reconstruction, the North was held most accountable as there was a disregard towards the South’s issues and a negative attitude towards African-Americans. As the North's issues began to rise, the North grew a disregard towards the South’s issues which in turn, led…show more content…
Due to the corruption that Ulysses S. Grant brought, the Panic of 1873 had emerged during his presidency. At this time, Northerners began to forget about the south. Millions had lost their jobs and as a result, a shift occurred in which the North started to focus on their own issues. Due to the issues that the North faced, it was like a distraction that caused a disregard towards the issues that the south was facing. Not only that, but as the “North began to shift against Reconstruction policies” it would ultimately lead to the downfall and failure of the…show more content…
For instance, Heather Cox Richardson stated that “the blacks, as a people, are unfitted for the proper exercise of political duties” (Doc D). In his Second Inaugural Address, President Lincoln announced that he wanted to reunite the country “with malice toward none; with charity for all.” Lincoln simply wanted everyone to come back together and treat each as equals. However when there's a sense of equality between one another how are we able to achieve equality. Even though blacks were now free from slavery they still were not treated properly and were not trusted within the government. Not only that but in the cover of Harper's Weekly, it is evident that 2 Black males are arguing while they “exercise political duties”(Doc D). The political cartoon is created to show the incapability that blacks have as former slaves to exercise political duties. This judgement and inequality towards the Blacks would in turn lead to the failure of Reconstruction as the Northerns simply didn't want to cooperate with the

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