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RECONSTUCTION PAPER The reconstruction period was a time of recovery for the country as a whole To heal the deep wounds of the civil war The loss of cities towns homes and family members Whole cities were burned level and widows were left scattered all over the country with a small pile of smoking rubble left as their houses The whole country was a shambles and everyone agreed on one thing - it was time to start the healing and recovery of a nation But the reconstruction period wasnt just about healing It was a new beginning For the north for the south for everyone a new start Yet it was the most important new start to the former slaves the African-Americans After being enslaved for hundreds of years they were suddenly free or were they True they no longer belonged to someone else well at least not technically They would be able to earn their own money now or would they At least they would be given equality Wouldnt they The answer to these questions is simply no The reconstruction the new beginning may all have been true It was a new beginning wasnt it Yes it was but was it a good one The answer to that question is no A large cause for the civil war was to free the African-American slaves to allow them to have equal rights to the white race But after the war was over and the slaves were supposedly free did they still not remain caged Where could they turn The newly freed slaves had no money no land no food and no jobs They remained slaves because they lacked those basic necessities Therefore where they really freed The first example that kept them in captivity was food Everybody needs to eat regardless of their skin color Previously food had been provided for them by the slave owner but now that they were free
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