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Rutherford B. Hayes - 1,108 words
Rutherford B. Hayes was considered by many to be a simple, uncontroversial, and honest man to run for the presidency. That is why many people are perplexed that such an astute person should have one of the most controversial elections and presidencies ever. Considering Hayes' honorable principles, it came as a surprise to see how he could unknowingly make a decision about reconstruction where its effects were so blatantly derogatory to the cause he was trying to help. 	The controversy began when he was merely running for office. Hayes was running against Democrat Samuel J. Tilden. When the ballots were tallied in 1876, Hayes clearly lost the popular vote, and had lost the ele ...
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Reconstruction - 997 words
... overlooked the 14th Amendment, and saw it as an insignificant amendment. And as result of the dismissal of the 14th Amendment most private, and public companies like steamboats, hotels, and railroads either refused to serve blacks or set up separated The Second goal that the Reconstruction attempted to achieve, was the redistribution of land to African Americans and poor whites. However the distribution of homesteads, or seizure of land, one of Thaddeus Stevens ideas, met with little success. One reason was because the North and South resisted as much as it was in their power to delay or terminate the idea. In addition to this, most times the government was seizing land from Indian and M ...
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Reconstruction - 2,247 words
... on Washington in 1964 the goals had changed to guaranteeing all Americans equality of opportunity, integration both social and political, and the more amorphous goal of a biracial democracy.32 But the goals did not include the need to transform the economic condition of Blacks. Instead they emphasized the need to transform the political At the beginning, the Civil Rights Movement sought solutions to racial injustice through laws and used the Federal courtsto secure them. The Supreme Court set the stage in 1954 with Brown vs. The Board of Education of Topeka Kansas: the Brown decision focused the attention of dominant Black institutions such as CORE (Congress On Racial Equality) and the N ...
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Republican Party - 919 words
We all know that slavery was not the main reason of the Civil War, the main reason was Sectionalism and the south trying to seceding from the Union. One good thing that the opposition to slavery did do is launch three different parties, two of which did not last for a long time. Some anti-slavery leaders looked to political methods as a way of attacking the institution. When these men were unable to find enough support in the Democratic or Whig parties, these anti-slavery men founded the Liberty party in 1840 . This party was then reformed in 1848 to make the Free Soil party1, this party was to focus on a specific issue - the opposition to the extension of slavery into United States territor ...
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Spark Of The Great Strike - 1,380 words
On July 16th several firemen and brakemen on The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad refused to work the trains and caused a massive buildup of train traffic in Camden Junction just outside of Baltimore. The strikers gave their reason for striking; a 10 percent wage cut taking affect that day. (NY Times) The strikers overtook trains and there was even a report of a beating taking place of a fireman who continued to work. The company had been prepared for a strike and a force of 40 police officers was sent to disperse the strikers. Strikers refusing to go back to work were quickly replaced and the trains were quickly running again after the delay. The town of Martinsburg, Maryland was to be the focus ...
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Revolution In The South - 918 words
When asked the question "Did Reconstruction change the South for African Americans?" I thought long and hard. I realized what a great revolution had taken place for the entire black race, to be coming out of slavery and slowly but surely things were happening. Jobs and juries were full of blacks. But come 1877 the dream was ripped out of many beholders and turned into a nightmare, it seems, for the next century, as racism rampaged once again through the country. Therefore I believe that good changes were made but not enough. Socially, blacks built lives for themselves. "In 1865-1866, free men and women all over the South grabbed Liberty by the horns."(Freidheim, P.195) Using their newfound f ...
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The Electoral College - 972 words
Is the electoral college the best method for electing the president in the 21st century? The same question was asked in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries as well. Infact, it was highly debated by the founding fathers as well. It was proposed that the president be chosen by the Congress. Others thought that "electors" should be chosen by the people in each state and the electors should then choose the President. Still others thought it would be more appropriate if the governors of the various states made the selection. Even the Senate was proposed as the best means of selecting the national executive. Finally, there were a number who thought that the President should be selected by all of th ...
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The Failure Of Southern Civil War Reconstruction - 608 words
The time of Reconstruction for the South was wrought with many conflicting factors, which ultimately brought about the end, and noted failure, of the plan. Opposing elements in the political realm, coupled with economic hardships following the war, and the attempt to redesign the entire social structure of the South slowly but assuredly destroyed the plan of Reconstruction. Although the original design of the plan seem plausible, as things progressed, it became more and more evident that the problems of the South were not being solved by severe laws and continuing malevolence against previous Confederates. In May 1872, Congress passed a comprehensive Amnesty Act, restoring full governmental ...
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