From Slavery to Freedom: The Struggle of Reconstruction
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The paper discusses the United States government agency that was established to provide for the transition to freedom for former slaves, that became known as the Freedmen's Bureau. The paper explains that this agency's measures were not particularly successful because they lacked popular support in the South. Conversely, the paper highlights how the measures that did carry popular support, and so unfortunately became the true defining policies of the Reconstruction and the decades that followed, were the "black codes" passed in many Southern states. The paper describes how these black codes, which developed into the later "Jim Crow" laws were attempts by white Southerners to keep their society as similar as possible to how it had been in the antebellum period.
From the Paper:"The Civil War was quite obviously a period of great unrest and political upheaval in the United States. Yet the period following the war's conclusion and the Union's victory, known as the Reconstruction, almost equaled--if not surpassed--the Civil War period in terms of political adjustments and major social changes. This was especially true for the population of newly freed slaves living in the South, many of whom found themselves without a place to live or a job with decent wages. In fact, many former slaves remained on the same plantations on which they had lived and worked during their oppression simply because they had nowhere else to go that could promise them any sort of employment or living situation. In addition, new laws and unofficial policies were formed that made it exceedingly difficult for former slaves to advance their socio-economic situation, creating problems that can be traced directly through the twentieth century and arguably even to our modern times."
Sample of Sources Used:
- McElrath, J. (2009). "The Reconstruction Era: An Overview." Accessed 20 April 2009. http://afroamhistory.about.com/cs/reconstruction/a/reconstruction.htm
- Sage, H. (2007). "Reconstruction." Accessed 20 April 2009. http://www.sagehistory.net/reconstruction/topics/recon.html
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