The Civil War: Reconstruction

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The Civil war could very easily be known as one of the greatest tragedies in United States history. After the Civil War, the people of The United States had so much anger and hatred towards each other and the government that 11 Southern states seceded from the Nation and parted into two pieces. The Nation split into either the Northern abolitionist or the Southern planation farmers. The Reconstruction era was meant to be exactly how the name announces it to be. It was a time for the United States to fix the broken pieces the war had caused allowing the country to mend together and unite once again. The point of Reconstruction was to establish unity between the states and to also create and protect the civil rights of the former slaves. …show more content…
The southerners wrote these laws in order to maintain “White Supremacy” and the old order that originally made slavery possible. The punishment that the Black Codes stated were such unrealistic obligations for the newly freed black slaves that it was very well setting them up for failure. One law stated, “ Such person, shall be fined not less than fifty dollars, and not more than five hundred dollars, and cost; and if said fine and costs shall not be immediately paid, the court shall sentence said convict to six months imprisonment in the county jail.”
This is just an example of the unreasonable discrimination the blacks had to serve. In 1865, fifty dollars was a lot of money that newly freed slaves, who had never gotten paid before now, did not have. The White Southerners knew that the freed slaves did not have the ability to pay the cost immediately and would have no choice but to be put into imprisonment. The rules were also very vague and broad that basically anything could fall under the categories of being against the law. For example, “Committing riots, routs, affrays, trespasses, malicious mischief, cruel treatment to animals, seditious speeches, insulting gestures, language, or arts, or disturbance of the peace..”. In this case, the words are so vague that anything that the blacks said or did could fall under one category or the other. A white person could very easily state that something innocent was an