Reconstruction : The Failure Of Reconstruction

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By: Siryet Girma

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Reconstruction: the failure

Reconstruction was a failure because African American were still not equal to White Americans. The Emancipation Proclamation was proclaimed in January 1, 1863. It freed more than 3 million slaves in the Confederate states by January 1, 1863, blacks enlisted in the Union Army in large numbers, reaching some 180,000 by war’s end. Reconstruction began in 1865 right after the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln created a plan for Reconstruction that called for Reconciliation. Abraham Lincoln believed that preserving the Union was way more important than punishing the South. On the other hand, Robert E. Lee urged southerners to reconcile with the North and reunite as Americans. Abraham Lincoln proposed the Ten Percent Plan which offered southerners amnesty, or official pardon, for all illegal acts supporting the rebellion. The southerners could do 2 things to receive amnesty. First they had to swear an oath of loyalty to the United States. Second they had to agree that slavery was now illegal.

On January 31, 1865, Congress proposed the 13th amendment. It stated that neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States of America, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. In 1865, the…
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