From the beginning of the Civil War all the way up to the end of Reconstruction, the United States

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From the beginning of the Civil War all the way up to the end of Reconstruction, the United States endured a similar type of revolution than it had dealt with in the previous years. In this time, many social and constitutional advancements brought about great change and discord in the country. However, some of these constitutional developments ended up causing conflict such as the civil rights bills and Emancipation Proclamation, in addition to the social developments such as the Black Codes, Ku Klux Klan, and the Freedman’s Bureau. All together, these important events helped put the country into a revolution. The United States was divided into two divergent sides fighting for control even before 1860. These conflicts never ended up…show more content…
C). Gideon Welles also wrote that the central government did not have the power to control whether or not freedmen could vote. Some southern states benefited by putting major laws like the Literacy Test, Poll Tax, and the Grandfather in place to restrict the right of freedmen to vote in their state. Few freedmen were able to afford the Poll Tax and many freedmen could not read because they were not restricted by their owners before abolition of slavery. Slaves were considered property and not citizens due to the Dred Scott decision. It was highly unlikely that their grandfathers had voted due to this decision, thus restricting freedmen’s right to vote even more. On the contrary, there were efforts to support the freedmen that were being discriminated. The Freedmen’s Bureau helped freedmen learn to read and write, in addition to finding employment after being freed. Albeit, many freedmen after the Civil War ended up to the plantations and worked as sharecroppers and tenant farmers (Doc. D). On Harper’s weekly it depicts a freedman casting a ballot and was named the “First Vote”. The Civil Right Act of 1866 attempted to fight the limitations that were placed on freedmen in the South. The Federal government then had the right to protect freedmen’s rights in the South from being disobeyed. The United States changed with the abolition of slavery and the start of

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