Reconstruction Argumentative Essay

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After the Civil War, America went into a stage of Reconstruction. During this time period America sought out to create a desegregated nation. Three Amendments were passed in order to create social and economic equality for African Americans. The United States Congress executed these amendments, thus creating many opportunities for ex-slaves. For instance, slavery was banned all over the United States which created equality the. Additionally, all people born within the United States were granted citizenship. African Americans, now citizens, were equal to their white counterparts. And most importantly, for the first time in the United States history, African Americans were granted the right to vote and hold office. So, Reconstruction benefitted and effectively assisted ex-slaves, for the events created social equality for them. The 13th Amendment was important and helpful because it ended slavery throughout the nation. By ending slavery, African Americans who worked as property no longer had to be forced to do involuntary work. According to the 13th Amendment “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” Therefore, African Americans were able earn money by working on…show more content…
The 14th Amendment allowed African Americans to be equal with White Men. “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside…equal protection of the laws.” For a short period of time, African Americans were treated equally under the law. States could not make or pass a law that will contradict this Amendment. Furthermore, since African Americans were considered citizens they had the right to freedom of

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