The Goals And Failures Of The First And Second Reconstructions

Some people say we've got a lot of malice some say its a lot of nerve. But, I
say we won't quit moving until we get what we deserve. We have been bucked and
we have been conned. We have been treated bad, talked about as just bones. But
just as it takes two eyes to eyes make a pair. Brother we won't quit until we
get our share. Say it loud- I'm Black and I'm Proud.

James Brown

The First and Second Reconstructions held out the great promise of rectifying
racial injustices in America. The First Reconstruction, emerging out of the
chaos of the Civil War had as its goals equality for Blacks in voting, politics,
and use of public facilities. The Second Reconstruction emerging out of ...

Want to read the rest of this paper?
Join Essayworld today to view this entire essay
and over 50,000 other term papers

failed in realizing their goals. My thesis is that
failure to incorporate economic justice for Blacks in both movements led to the
failure of the First and Second Reconstruction.

The First Reconstruction came after the Civil War and lasted till 1877. The
political, social, and economic conditions after the Civil War defined the goals
of the First Reconstruction. At this time the Congress was divided politically
on issues that grew out of the Civil War: Black equality, rebuilding the South,
readmitting Southern states to Union, and deciding who would control
government.1 Socially, the South was in chaos. Newly emancipated slaves wandered
the South after having left their former masters, and the White population was
spiritually devastated, uneasy about what lay ahead. Economically, the South was
also devastated: plantations lay ruined, railroads torn up, the system of slave
labor in shambles, and cities burnt down. The economic condition of ex-slaves
after the Civil War was just as ...

Get instant access to over 50,000 essays.
Write better papers. Get better grades.

Already a member? Login

Radical Republicans, with a majority in Congress, emerged as the
political group that set the goals for Reconstruction which was to prevent
slavery from rising again in the South. At first, the Radical Republicans
thought this could be accomplished by outlawing slavery with the passage of the
Thirteenth Amendment. But Southern Democrats in their quest to restore their
rule in the South brought back slavery in all but name, by passing Black Codes
as early as 1865. Both Moderate Republicans and Radical Republicans in Congress
reacted. Joining together in 1866, they passed a bill to extend the life and
responsibilities of the Freedmen's Bureau to protect newly freed slaves against
the ...

Succeed in your coursework without stepping into a library.
Get access to a growing library of notes, book reports,
and research papers in 2 minutes or less.


The Goals And Failures Of The First And Second Reconstructions. (2007, March 20). Retrieved June 6, 2020, from
"The Goals And Failures Of The First And Second Reconstructions.", 20 Mar. 2007. Web. 6 Jun. 2020. <>
"The Goals And Failures Of The First And Second Reconstructions." March 20, 2007. Accessed June 6, 2020.
"The Goals And Failures Of The First And Second Reconstructions." March 20, 2007. Accessed June 6, 2020.
Join today and get instant access to this and 50,000+ other essays

Added: 3/20/2007 07:04:58 AM
Category: American History
Type: Premium Paper
Words: 5713
Pages: 21

Save | Report


Save and find your favorite essays easier

First And Second Reconstructio
The Trial By Kafka And The Stra...
Levels Of Analysis And The Stu
Censorship And The First Amendm...
Euthanasia And The First Amendm...
Children And Play In The First
The First Amendment: Sex, Laws,...
Time For Reform? Considering Th...
Censorship And The First Amendm...
Article Critique: Building Bloc...
Copyright | Cancel | Contact Us

Copyright © 2020 Essayworld. All rights reserved