The Union Won The War Essay

907 Words Apr 9th, 2016 4 Pages
I think the Union won the war. But is it wining the peace? In other words, did the North or South get their way when the war was over? I think the Southern efforts to re-install a lot of the old system like old political leaders, and keeping the African American population in check. Foner says, “However, Andrew Johnson, who succeeded the martyred Lincoln as president in April 1865, inaugurated a program of Reconstruction that placed full power in the hands of white southerners.” Which then led them to limit African American rights. Such as, limiting their rights, not allowing them to voice their opinions in the political process and they were successful. They called this “the notorious black codes”, (Foner) this led them to be forced into work. This was called redemption and lied about how they weren’t in the proper state of things and after supposed usurpation of the Southern Unionists.
“However, Andrew Johnson, who succeeded the martyred Lincoln as president in April 1865, inaugurated a program of Reconstruction that placed full power in the hands of white southerners. The new governments established during the summer and fall of 1865 enacted laws—the notorious Black Codes—that severely limited the rights of former slaves in an effort to force them to return to work as dependent plantation laborers.” Says Foner. After that they made all these laws preventing African American rights for many things. It was determined by Southern Democrats with a campaign of election…

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