The Nature of post-Civil War Reconstruction in the US
A look at the problems engendered by the various reconstructions schemes after the American Civil War.
“The inherent sectional conflict in America between the North and the South realized itself in the Civil War. With the north’s eventual victory, the problem of how to restore the South to the union became a major controversy, and the method of reconstruction decided upon was by no means faultless. Not only did reconstruction create disunion because of disagreements over various means to enact reconstruction, but Southerners were generally dissatisfied. Further, the emancipated slaves were still in a poor condition. Some were essentially still slaves, despite programs to ameliorate their suffering. Overall, reconstruction, though its goals were well-intentioned, created the very type of sectional discord which it sought to eliminate. ”