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3Mr.MollerU.S. History10 January 18Reconstruction            The Reconstruction was an era to
rebuild the United States after the Civil War. It tried to resolve slavery and
its controversies among people. The goal was to develop a unified nation.
Although, the Reconstruction of the South was a failure because even after the
slaves were emancipated, they were still objectified. Slavery was over, but
white superiors had installed regulations to ensure African Americans had no
actual sense of freedom. These regulations were called the Black Codes that
were made under the excuse to “preserve public order”. (Boyer). African
Americans’ freedom was being held back as their discriminators were against
equality. The Reconstruction came to its demise when African Americans were not
liberated, but limited by the white supremacy, the sharecropping system, and African
American rights as a result of the Civil War.             White supremacy was a major issue
that brought down the Reconstruction because it influenced groups like the Klu
Klux Klan that went against equality and hated on African Americans. In
reality, African Americans were said to be free but were oppressed by everyone.
They would “burn African American homes, schools, and churches, and attempted
to keep African Americans and white Republicans from voting.” (Textbook 402).
White supremacists would go to extreme measures to make sure African Americans
were tortured to make them feel like they had no freedom even if they were
enslaved. The Reconstruction failed to bring justice by allowing white
authority over African Americans. For example, An African American explained
how he was abused by Klansmen when he went out to vote, “broke my door open,
took me out of bed to the woods and whipped me three hours or more and left me
for dead” (Boyer). Blacks no longer felt protected, but lived in fear as
discriminants were seeking to make their life miserable. The violence had
become intolerable when they could no longer bare the constant racism they had
to come to face with. The reconstruction failed to protect their citizens that had
just obtained their freedom.            The sharecropping system had a major
impact on the failure of reconstruction because many slaves were not able to
live off of their earnings. The Reconstruction had changed the way African
Americans were living. There was a drop on the price on crops that eventually
created Debt peonage for sharecroppers. This meant that the high interest rates
had drove workers into a financial crisis where “they could not make enough
money to pay off their debts and leave, nor could they declare bank-ruptcy.
Failure to pay off debts could lead to imprisonment or forced labor.” (Textbook
407). Even after the war ended enslaved workers still had to face hardships due
to the failure of the Reconstruction since they had a poor economy. Due to this
poor economy, African Americans dealt with poverty. It affected many as “The
devastation of the war and the collapse of the economy left hundreds of
thousands of people unemployed, homeless, and hungry.” (Textbook 389). The
sharecropping system drove African Americans to be in a financial crisis when
they did not receive enough salary. “The Civil War had ended slavery, but the
failure of the Reconstruction left many African Americans trapped in economic
circumstances where they lost much of their newly gained freedom.” (Textbook
407). After the abolition of slavery, freed slaves were expected to receive
compensation for their former labor in the plantations, but instead they were
forced to give up the little land they had. Slaves were threatened to agree to
go under labor contracts to make sure owners received their portion for
personal profit. African Americans wanted to improve their economic status, but
never could due to the inequality their era had developed.            The Reconstruction collapsed when
the goal of a unified nation was brought down as African Americans became
restricted and unprotected by unconstitutional laws. African Americans never
really had the chance to exercise their “newly gained freedom.” (Textbook
407).  They were forced to work under
their white superiors that stated, “Every civil officer shall, and every person
may, arrest and carry back to his or her legal employer and freedman, free
negro or mulatto who shall have quit the service of his or her employer”
(Boyer). Enslaves were never free and were only given the option to work under
their owners. Slavery was over, but African Americans were still treated with
the same mindset slave owners had. In addition, there were also the black codes
that were laws that limited African Americans’ rights. The black codes put
regulations on African Americans even after they were enslaved to limit their
freedom. These laws went against the goal of equality the reconstruction had
hoped for. The black codes “regulations must also preserve the comfort and
correct behavior of the former slaves.” (Boyer). African Americans are not
actually free, and are controlled with the same aspect slave owners had. For
example, one of the regulations is that “Every Negro is required to be in the
regular service of some white person, or former owner, who shall be held
responsible for the conduct of that Negro.” (Boyer). Just as when they were
slaves, African Americans still had to have white superiors that controlled
their motives. African Americans are still treated as slaves, which is why the
reconstruction failed to live up to their promise of having slaves be free and
allowing them the same opportunities others had access to.            In Conclusion, the reconstruction
was a failure when African Americans were discriminated against and were never
treated as individuals. They were always objectified due to their racist
superiors that would look down on them as if they were sill slaves. African
American grew tired and spoke for all enslaves saying, “We would respectfully
state that life, liberty and property are unprotected among the colored race of
this state.” (Boyer). The Reconstruction was brought down when it failed to
stand by African Americans, for they too are their citizens. The Reconstruction
failed to meet their goal of a unified nation when they divided enslaves from the
rest.