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Effects Of the Civil War The Civil War left many Southern towns in ruins War had devoured farms farmland factories and many roads These damages ruled out two-thirds of southern shipping Not only was land destroyed generations of young healthy men-fathers brothers and husbands had perished Most survivors were left permanently scared in mind or body Black southerners had received food and shelter as slaves before the Civil War but after slavery was abolished some four million freed people were left home less job less and hungry Effects of Reconstruction Most Southerners accepted the wars outcome and focused on rebuilding their lives However Washington was reluctant to move on so easily There was serious reconstruction to be done or as historians would call it an extension of the Civil War Basic issues concerning the nations political system were at steak Yet no one was sure which branch of government had the power to make such decisions The constitution was silent on the matter of these issues The farmers made no provisions for solving the problems raised by the Civil War Abraham Lincoln had created a Reconstruction plan to settle these problems However congress saw it as a threat to congressional authority and dismissed it as too lenient In July 1864 Congress passed its own stricter Reconstruction plan the Wade Davis Act This act required ex-Confederate men to take an oath of past and future loyalty and to swear that they had never willingly borne arms against the United States Effects of Industrial Revolution Around 14 million people immigrated to the United States between 1860 and 1900 Most came with hopes of finding work in Americas booming industrial centers With work being scarce During the Civil War the government encouraged immigration by allowing employers to sign contracts with immigrants Employers would pay their cost of passage and in return immigrants would work for a certain amount of time This allowed many people to have jobs
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