Advantages And Disadvantages Of Reconstruction For African Americans

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As a result of Reconstruction, the life of an average African American changed socially, economically, and politically. Definitely, there have been some improvements, but the negative changes have outweighed the positive one. Reconstruction was mainly a time of hope that the life will finally improve. Dreams were granted and taken away. It was the first time that African Americans got a taste of freedom. It did not come easily to them, and it was not all positive. People had to suffer for the freedom that they wanted. With time, some rights granted by Reconstruction were taken away again. They started from the top and ended up on the bottom. Many whites people, especially members of the Ku Klux Klan believed that the African Americans did not deserve to have freedom. The Pig Law, Mississippi Plan, Convict leasing, and sharecropping were four most negative events that happened during this time period.

All four events discriminated against the African Americans, and in the eyes of Whites, put them back where they belonged--on the bottom. The effects of the Reconstruction put African Americans into a state of political, economic, and social oppression. The Emancipation Proclamation was declared in 1863 and freed African Americans in the rebel states, and after the Civil War, the Thirteenth Amendment emancipated all slaves in the U.S. As a result, the African Americans in the South now faced the difficulty Northern African Americans had confronted--that of a free people surrounded by many hostile whites. Before the Civil war, the African Americans were not even considered people. They worked on the plantations for the owners without payment. In return the received inadequate food and very few clothing. They were forced to work like dogs and were treated as such. The Civil war was fought for the emancipation of slaves and their civil rights.

When the reconstruction began African Americans felt that they were beginning to become people in whites eyes and that their troubles of slavery and lack of civil rights would soon be over. According to the Emancipation Proclamation, former slaves were allowed to support themselves and to make their own living. Due to the new laws, they were to be paid money for the work on plantations and gained a share of the crops they grew. For some time, police patrolled the areas at night, and if an African American was found they were accused of a petty crime. For this crime they were charge a fine for the crime and if the culprit could not pay he was thrown in jail. Even worse, they had to pay to be thrown in jail. When people could not pay a fine and a bill from the jail, they had to work off the debts. They had to work for plantation owners till the last felt that the debt had been paid. And of course, the planters used the free work as much as they could, especially because they did not have to care anymore how to keep them alive. Many people have died working on the plantations even before they could pay the debt. This situation reminds slavery, because African Americans again had to work for the planters without any compensation.

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