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what are some events that led to the collapse of reconstruction in the south?

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asked by jju
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    posted by Ms. Sue
  2. Since this is not my area of expertise, I searched Google under the key words "Southern reconstruction collapse" to get these possible sources:

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    In the future, you can find the information you desire more quickly, if you use appropriate key words to do your own search.

    I hope this helps. Thanks forasking.

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    posted by PsyDAG
  3. Your question is a bit one-sided. Historians today are still arguing about whether Reconstruction was a failure. Reconstruction certainly had its bad sides as well as ending peacefully with the Southern states fully reuniting with the Union in a period of about 12 years from 1865 until 1877.

    Nevertheless I will attempt to give you the side that you wanted and neglect the other side for now.

    Lincoln's death had a proofing effect upon Reconstruction even though on the face of it Johnson's plan was very similar. The problem was that Andrew Johnson was not a Lincoln. Johnson did not have a college education. In fact he did not learn to read until he was older. He was a southerner and a former slave owner. It is generally believed that Lincoln could control the Radical Republicans while Johnson could not. Johnson began his term of President after Lincoln was assassinated and he was already hated by the Radical Republicans. Southern states passed laws that were known as the Black Codes. These laws provided among other things that the penalty for interracial marriage was death, Blacks could not testify in court against whites, that Blacks could only live in certain areas. Even hough Johnson attempted to stop all federal laws assisting the blacks they were overridden by Congress since the Southern states had no votes in Congress.

    "Although Reconstruction did protect some of the political and
    civil rights of the Afro-American community, it achieved almost
    nothing in improving the social and economic situation. The
    concept of social and economic rights was almost nonexistent a
    century ago. Political rights, however, without economic security
    could be a mere abstraction. Meaningful freedom had to be more
    than the freedom to starve. This meant that the ex-slave needed
    land, tools, and training to provide him with an economic base
    that would make his freedom real. The ex-slave had limited
    education, limited experience, a servile slave attitude, and he
    was in need of social and economic training to compensate for the
    years of slavery. Without this he could not enter a competitive
    society as an equal. Emancipation was not enough."
    Source http://www.rit.edu/~nrcgsh/BX/bx06b.html

    "Reconstruction failed. Even though Reconstruction failed, at least we tried but
    some people have to learn how to change. Reconstruction changed the way of life
    for blacks. Some changes were good and some changes made life difficult, but
    overall the blacks made it out of slavery safely. Reconstruction was the
    original beginning of the Civil Rights Act. The fact that African-Americans had
    made it so far gave them the strength to keep going and fight for what they
    believe in." Source http://www.thehistoryconnection.com/Reconstruction-Failure.html

    Also read http://www.colorado.edu/AmStudies/lewis/2010/failure.htm

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