How Reconstruction Failed to Bring Equality to Freed Blacks Essay

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How Reconstruction Failed to Bring Equality to Freed Blacks After the Civil War, the government had changed from a republican rule to a democratic rule that had hatred towards the South because of conflicts that had arisen during the Civil War. The Northern Republicans wanted to punish the South by forming laws that terminated slavery and granted freed blacks the right to vote, the right to own land, the right to due process, and outlawed discrimination based on race; all were attempts to try and end slavery by reconstructing the justice and social and economic equality among freed blacks. In theory, the thought of reconstruction was practical and could end slavery however, a thought is never the same when put into physical use…show more content…
The fourteenth amendment is exclaiming that any citizen of the United States cannot be denied the right of life, liberty, and property and cannot so be done without due process. Therefore the fourteenth amendment grants more rights to blacks and makes blacks almost equal with whites. In addition to the fourteenth amendment, the fifteenth amendment also encourages equal rights such as, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude” (Document C). What the fifteenth amendment is trying to say is that no one who is a citizen of the United States can be denied the right to vote because of the color of his or her skin. Lastly, the Civil Rights Act of 1875 states, “That all persons within the jurisdiction of the United States shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of inns, public conveyances on land and water, theaters, and other places of public amusement” (Document F) The Civil Rights Act of 1875 was created to eliminate segregation in public places such as transportation, restrooms, store etcetera. Therefore, these laws have the ability to make blacks equivalent to whites in terms of rights. However, these ideas by radical republicans were not highly effective, as shown

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