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The Reconstruction period was not as successful as most people think it was with regards to African Americans Though some factors may be seen as more successful then others but overall the Reconstruction period with respect to African Americans was very unsuccessful In 1865 legislators ratified the 13th Amendment With this step taken forward to civility white southern Americans released their most precious piece of property their slaves Though former slaves better known as freedmen were liberated a tough road was built before them one filled with potholes and bumps the road of equality Freedmen were anything but equal documentary wise Freedmen would find themselves in great peril concerning economic social status Though there were Amendments ratified stating equal protection of laws these Constitutional Amendments were indirectly deprived to the freedmen The Jim Crow laws enforced African Americans would be equal but separate Segregation if you will Another reason as to why the extent of the Reconstruction was unsuccessful regarding protection of freedmen was the norths loss in interest for the south reconstruction and its freedmen They were too busy with current issues of graft and basically just wanted to better their lives first rather then having to deal with others in their place Two years after the 13th Amendment was ratified legislators would once again take a step forward by ratifying the 14th Amendment regarding citizenship and civil rights This Amendment of equal protection of laws and stressing that one could not be deprived of life liberty and property to the freedmen was quickly unregarded and imposed strict laws such as the Black Codes where if for example a freedman didnt have employment they could be fined or imprisoned This is most likely seen as the negative initiative placed be southern legislators disabling African Americans from holding political offices voting serve jury duty and bear arms Thus giving white southerners to regain position in government offices Two years after the codes were imposed
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