my view, Reconstruction remains equally relevant today mainly because the
issues was core to the Reconstruction mainly, the protection of citizens’
rights by the federal government and the need to have racial and economic justice
for all are still to large extent remain unresolved and therefore very much
The Reconstruction era was the era of recurring
nature of progress and backlash and the brittleness of our democracy. During
this era a lot if political changes were taking place to provide and improve
the fundamental social and economic rights. The Reconstruction era attempted to find
justice and reconciliation while the violence and destruction was wide spread.
In a way it was one of the most significant moments in the American history.
It was during this period that for the first
time, the concept of equality under law and protections for the basic rights of
the slaved were made as the law. The Constitution gave rights by adopting the
13th, 14th, and 15th amendments as well as the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and
1875. This gave rise to expansion of
civil and political rights in the United States, as well much increased civic
participation and many other social change.
The victory of Northern states over the Southern
states in the Civil War changed the fate of the Union and of slaver. However,
it also posed numerous other issues to be resolved. The issues the which the
governing bodies and political parties faced was to decide that the status of
former slaves after the freedom from slavery and also if slavery is not there
what would be the appropriate way to use the labour and in what form.
The Republican Congress rejected the Reconstruction plan of President
Andrew Johnson, and enacted laws and Constitutional amendments to empower the
federal government to implement the principle of equal rights for the blacks, and
to provide the right to vote to the blacks in the Southerners states. They also
enforced always by virtue of which the blacks can hold offices.
However, the Reconstruction did not
succeeded in achieving the real freedom for the black because it failed to
create true economic and political equality. It is important to study in detail as to what
went right and what went wrong as it can shed light on the complex predicaments,
which as Americans we face today.
We are still debating many a times on the
issues such as who is an American, who should get voting and other rights, the
issues of racial violence, and citizenship. The Reconstruction era has much to
teach our students about the idea of democracy as a continuous process rather than a