Term Paper on Reconstruction

This essay has a total of 357 words and 3 pages.


Before the Civil war most blacks were considered slaves. As slaves they had no personal
rights. After the war, a lot of things changed for the blacks. The process, which helped
these blacks to gain rights, was called Reconstruction.

During the time of Reconstruction a freemanís life changed dramatically. One thing that
changed was blacks social lives. Since blacks were now free, they were able to do and go
as they please. They were able to travel and find friends and family, which were
separated from them during slavery. Because of Reconstruction blacks could now be
married. They could not be lawfully married, but could obtain marriage certificates.
Blacks could also legally participate in a religion, which they couldnít do during

During this time, blacks lives economically, changed very little. After the war blacks
were no longer slaves, but most of them worked as free labor. Working as free labor was
not much different than being a slave. They worked and toiled long hours for nothing.
Some blacks worked at sharecropping. This is where they farmed someoneís land and got
half the earnings. The other half
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