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Victoria Hubble February 8 2000 Reconstruction The Reconstruction a time most people would call a rebirth succeeded in few of the goals that it had set out to achieve within the 12 years it was in progress It was the reconstructions failure in its objectives that brought forth the inevitable success in changing the South as well as the countless African Americans living in it as well as the countless African Americans living in it at the time There were three goals the reconstruction set and failed to achieve as well as emphasizing the profound effect it had on the south and an entire race In the South the Reconstruction period was a time of readjustment accompanied by disorder Southern whites wished to keep blacks in a condition of quasi-servitude extending few civil rights and firmly rejecting social equality Blacks on the other hand wanted full freedom and above all land of their own Inevitably there were frequent clashes Some erupted into race riots but acts of terrorism against individual black leaders were more common During this turmoil Southern whites and blacks began to work out ways of getting their farms back into operation and of making a living Indeed the most important developments of the Reconstruction era were not the highly publicized political contests but the slow almost imperceptible changes that occurred in southern society Blacks could now legally marry and they set up conventional and usually stable family units they quietly seceded from the white churches and formed their own religious organizations which became a central point for the black community Without land or money most freedmen had to continue working for white masters but they were now unwilling to labor in gangs or to live in the old slave quarters under the eye of the plantation owner The governments set up in the Southern states under the congressional program of Reconstruction were contrary to traditional cliches fairly honest and effective Though the
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