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Last updated: March 28, 2019

There are many positive things that happened during the civil war, such as, supremacy of national government, and abolishment of slavery, but there were also some negative things that happened, like, nobody knew what to do with the freed slaves and people were killed, wounded, and infrastructure was destroyed.

Congress took control of reconstruction to protect citizens rights in 1867 and in 1877 the reconstruction ended, all work that was done had failed and everything got reversed. Congress’ Reconstruction efforts to ensure equal rights to the freedmen failed because freedmen were persuaded to stop all their actions, advertising was used as editorial advocating against freedmen, and the Ku Klux Klan had intervened in wrong ways. Dr.W.E.B. DuBois, is an author who wrote a book regarding this topic.

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Document 6 comes from an excerpt out of that book. When I say that the freedmen were persuaded to stop their actions, I mean that the northerners convinced freedmen to stop voting. They made freedmen give up their political power if they wanted to work but weren’t allowed to work if they wanted political power.

Either way the freedmen lost. In document 4 Atlanta News used editorial advocating as a form of persuasion. Editorial advocating is when the editorial representative of a newspaper or social media comes to an event in favor of an idea, or a cause, and uses their position on it to get that cause further.

In document 4 the speaker expresses his viewpoints on the African Americans from the south. He thinks the northerners will go to the south and organize a way to eliminate the American Africans of their rights. In document two General Thomas discussed the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). The KKK was, and possibly still is on some areas, a secret organization that used terrorist tactics to restore white supremacy in southern states. The reasoning for the KKK was to get rid of African Americans so that the whites could have all the power.

They would do anything in their power to hold the power they had. They would go around burning houses, they burned crosses in people’s front yards, they threatened people and killed anyone that was African American. Congress didn’t want this, they wanted people to be equal.


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