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The Civil War is the greatest war that has ever occurred on American soil Some 600000 men died fighting for their cause in this war but only one outcome came out of this great battle At the great cost of fifteen billion dollars and the many lives it had taken this war would be remembered as the war that abolished slavery By the end of this long war in 1865 The South had surrendered and President Abraham Lincoln would have abolished the immoral and inhumane institution of slavery The United States would not be unified on the issue of slavery other than it being abolished right after the war and it would take almost a century and a lot of pain and agony for blacks to gain equal rights to their white counterparts What took place as soon as the Civil War was over was Reconstruction The solutions of reconstruction were the thirteenth fourteenth and fifteenth amendment the Freemens Bureau the Reconstruction Act of 1837 the Civil Rights Act and the Enforcement Act of 1870 The thirteenth amendment stated that Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted shall exist within the United States Basically the thirteenth amendment abolished slavery The passage of the Amendment was successful politically but was not readily enforced in many of the Southern states Many States even passed discriminatory laws know as black codes which placed numerous restrictions on African Americans Some of these restrictions included the right to carry a weapon serve on juries testify against whites start their own businesses and travel without permits Although the thirteenth amendment freed blacks from slavery their rights were far from being equal The Freedmens Bureau was created to help former slaves get back up on their feet The Freedmens Bureau provided former slaves with clothing suppliesvery importantly establishing schools such as Howard University and Hampton Institute and much
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