reconstruction was a failure

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Said Jilus


U.S AP history

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President Lincoln was elected into presidency at a very bad time in American history but he still fought to do the best he could. After the civil war was over Lincoln's main focus was to rebuild the nation and reunite the union and abolish slavery. The reconstruction Era began with the President Abraham Lincoln stepping up to try and fix the crippled country after the Civil war, but it didn't turn out like everyone hope it would reconstruction failed to complete its goal. The goal of reconstruction was to restore the union, rebuild the South and to enter slaves into society and. Slavery was still the largest issue and the reconstruction failed apart because of the disagreements the north and south faced. After years of compromising and passing laws, the idea of unity seems to be impossible the country remained to be separated.

The lack of unity was present because most of the amendments, laws and rules passed during reconstruction were created to protect and ensure the rights of blacks. However the South continued to promote slavery and abused blacks until the 1950's.

Furthermore Along with Lincoln's plans for reconstruction brought along the Radical Republicans a small group in congress. Their main goal was giving rights to African Americans and they wanted to punish the South. All of these ideas and plans for Lincoln were good and could have been successful but they came to an end when Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in 1865. After Lincoln's death, Vice President Andrew Johnson took office and started his own plans for reconstruction; his too, would turn out to be a failure. Johnson supported hardcore Democratic principles and restoring Southern power. Johnson brought in the remaining states...