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Many people will argue that the social and political changes in the period between 1860 and 1877 culminated in a revolution This time period known as the First Reconstruction made many advances in equality for Blacks in voting politics and the use of public facilities The lawmakers of the time were however unable to make adequate progress in advancing economic equality therefore Blacks didnt completely escape their original plight This should not be considered a revolution because its results were quickly reversed when former confederate leaders and other bigots reclaimed the power of legislation in the SouthThe First Reconstruction was a result of the Civil War and lasted until 1977 The political social and economic conditions after the war helped define the goals of lawmakers during the Reconstruction Congress now had to decide on how they were going to address such topics as Black equality rebuilding of the South admission of southern state to the Union and deciding who would control the government In the south the newly freed slaves wandered the countryside and the white population was devastated due to their loss in the recent war The south was also devastated economically plantations were destroyed railroads torn up their labor force gone and cities were burnedIn the post Civil War era there was a struggle for the power each with their own ideas on how the country should go about in the reconstruction process First the Southern Democrats a party made up of former Confederate leaders and other members of the aristocracy strived to end the perceived control of the North over the South They also sought the reinstitution of slavery under a different name Black Codes These codes would provide a cheap labor force to the plantations by limiting the rights of Blacks to move vote travel and change jobs Second Moderate Republicans wanted to obtain a policy of reconciliation between the South and the North but also insure that slavery would not
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