Reacting to Cause and Consequence

The aftermath of the Civil War resulted in many changes but previous problems still lingered during Reconstruction. Slavery was just one cause of the Civil War that ended up being abolished soon after the end of the war. African Americans were freed from slavery but still faced discrimination and hatred. There was still conflict in the South, Southerners did not agree with the new freedoms African Americans were given. In response, white southerners created legislation to try to put freed Africans back into slavery positions and eliminate Black politics. Large racist groups also formed and tormented Black communities.

Systemic, institutional, and individual racism continues in society today. Reconstruction did not completely solve pre-war problems but it also didn’t fail completely. African Americans and their experiences continue to be marginalized. Will there ever be a solution for all people to be treated and accepted as equals?

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