Although Reconstruction
freed all salves, gave them rights and settle the debate between the states and
federalism there were many down sides to it. For example, ultimately legislation
failed to do their job: protect blacks from racial persecution. Reconstruction
brought the rise of the K.K.K. and other groups who persecuted former slaves
and supporters of Reconstruction. In addition, as soon as President Hayes
removed the troops from the South in 1877 power returned back to Confederate Officials.

With the power back in the hands of white southern politicians they passed many
acts/laws making “freed” blacks jump through hoops just to get the rights they
deserved. Overall, I believe Reconstruction was more of a failure that a success
because it never made the lives of Blacks easy in fact in some ways it made it
harder to get rights. Ultimately blacks had to fight for their civil rights all
on their own. 

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