Reconstruction : The Reconstruction Era

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Throughout history, the United States has gone through many political changes and has evolved over the course of the years. Many great leaders were born during the course of our bloody, yet astonishing history; all consisting of different intentions and propositions for the future. Some of these leaders were Booker T. Washington, W.E.B DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Frederick Douglass, Hiram Revels, and Martin Luther King Jr. Those leaders have guided several individuals through many movements. One such movement was Reconstruction. Reconstruction was known as the rebuilding of the United States. Reconstruction lasted from 1865 to 1867. The Era can be described as a time period in which many citizens saw a growth in the number of leaders, both black and white, a growth in ambition, as well as goals and accomplishments. Directly after the Civil War in 1865, Reconstruction was launched to help reunite the North and the South and secure civil rights for African Americans.
When African Americans were freed from the chains by the Thirteenth Amendment, their life did not change as much as they hoped. Many whites tried to keep African Americans from getting equal rights and voting. African American rights were limited due to black codes, sharecropping, the Grandfather clause and the Ku Klux Klan. In 1866, the bureau tried to persuade African Americans to sign labor contracts with white landowners. This was known as sharecropping. Many blacks who refused got arrested. The sharecropping

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