Essay about Who Killed Reconstruction?

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North or South: Who Killed Reconstruction? Harper’s Weekly September 1, 1868 Harper’s Weekly September 1, 1868 “Is This a Republican Form of Government? Is This Protecting Life, Liberty, or Property?” “Is This a Republican Form of Government? Is This Protecting Life, Liberty, or Property?” Overview: The twelve years after the Civil War proved to be a difficult time for America. Called Reconstruction by historians, this era saw an increase of freedom for former slaves. However, there was also great resistance to change. In 1877 attempts to reconstruct the South officially ended, leaving white-only governments in power. This DBQ asks you to decide who, North or South, was most responsible for the end of Reconstruction…show more content…
These laws were often called “Black Codes.” The example below of “Black Codes” comes from laws passed in Opelousas, Louisiana immediately after the Civil War. ------------------------------------------------- 1. "No negro or freedmen shall be allowed to come within the limits of the town of Opelousas without special permission from his employers. Whoever breaks this law will go to jail and work for two days on the public streets, or pay a fine of five dollars.” ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- 2. “No negro or freedman shall be permitted to rent or keep a house in town under any circumstances. No negro or freedman shall live within the town who does not work for some white person or former owner.” ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- 3. “No public meetings of negroes or freedmen shall be allowed within the town.” ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- 4. “No freedman shall be allowed to carry firearms, or any kind of weapons. No freedman shall sell or exchange any article of merchandise within the limits of Opelousas without permission in writing from his employer.”
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