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Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement

Summary: A look at post-Civil War Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-twentieth century. Reconstruction eventually failed because while African Americans were made more equal, they were made only second class citizens tied to the land as sharecroppers. The Civil Rights Movement addressed this failure by demanding legitimate equality as opposed to the artificial rights provided by Reconstruction.
Abraham Lincoln had a simplistic plan for reconstruction after the Civil War. First and foremost he wanted to make it easy for the southern states to get back into the Union. However, after his assassination Congress strongly opposed Andrew Johnson and their own reconstruction plan for the south would be the one used. They made it very difficult for the states to reenter the Union and they also wanted to give blacks their rights right away which made for even more animosity with the southern states. Before they got back into the Union, Congress passed many laws while they had no opposition and abolished slavery as well as gave blacks the right to vote. Meanwhile in the south, black and tan governments, run by carpet baggers and scalawags, were put in place. Blacks were able to vote and even held public office under this...

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