It really depends on how you define success or failure and it depends on how long of a time period you are looking at.
If you just look at the period of Reconstruction and right after it, Reconstruction clearly failed in my opinion. Here, I am saying it failed because blacks were not equal to whites after Reconstruction (so that's my definition of failure here). At the end of the period, blacks were still much poorer than whites and they (by late in the 1800s) were not able to vote and were subject to segregation.
Of course, if you define success differently, it did work. At the end of Reconstruction, blacks were still free. And by the end of that time, the Southern states were able to join the Union again. So if that's how you define success, it did succeed.
Some scholars argue that Reconstruction did work, but you have to look longer after Reconstruction to see it. They say that Reconstruction made black people start working for rights. They say it succeeded because the black people eventually got all the same rights as whites. They say that process started back in Reconstruction.
Show More“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” - Abraham Lincoln. After the Civil War, America was in the era of Reconstruction, which was to bring the eleven seceding states back to a self-government and to be reseated in Congress, civil status of the former leaders of the Confederacy, and the Constitutional and legal status of freedmen. As people focused to attack on these issues, there was also people who thought the opposite was better for America such as, the South did not like some of the ideas that was to come with Reconstruction of America, and also the Klu Klux Klan who was established by white men who supported Reconstruction but not towards legal status of freedmen. The Reconstruction era was not easy to finish and it had…show more content…
More laws that protected the rights of the newly freedmen, and accepted them as men, having the right to vote and speak. Freedmen’s Bureau was formed to prevent people from becoming homeless and poor and education was provided to everyone, and it was forced in the South. The Compromise of 1877 and the Enforcement Act of 1870 which “banned the use of terror, force, or bribery to prevent people from voting because of their race”.
Failures of the Reconstructions were the formation of the Klu Klux Klan who were people who wore robes and masks and pretended to be ghost of the Confederate soldiers, they were scared of change and the rising rights of the African Americans. Poverty struck the South bad because many white southerns lost their land and the blacks were newly freed, but there was little jobs offered to African Americans. The industrialization in the South was too slow and sharecropping and tenant farming brought more complications because it was unfair to the laborers on the land. Corruption of taxes because little percent would be used to help and the rest would go in the government’s pockets. Taxes were raised in order to rebuild the South and Jim Crow Laws which supported discrimination and racial segregation. The Reconstruction went though a lot of battles on issues to get through of the aftermath of the