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Americapostcivialwar Essay

1153 words - 5 pages

America’s Post-Civil War Growing Pains

Alyssa Harpster

Dr. James Allen

History 105

January 27, 2013

There were three major turning points during the period of 1865 -1900. (Schultz, 2012) states that reconstruction is the federal government’s attempt to resolve the issues resulting from the end of the Civil War. Lincoln (Schultz 2012) says issued a ten-percent plan offered amnesty to any southerner who proclaimed loyalty to the Union and support the emancipation of slaves. Once 10 percent of voters signed the oath in the election 1860, it could create a new state government and reenter the Union according to (Schultz 2012). ...view middle of the document...

The other major turning point that is critical to America’s economy today is that advertisement was developed during this time period. Without advertisement and the establishment of how would businesses succeed and how would the economy thrive. (Schultz 2012) states that advertising before the Industrial Revolution were notified by print outs, but now it became more aggressive. Full-page advertisement, multiple-columns, and even bill boards became popular ways of notifying consumers of goods that were being and are being sold (Schultz 2012). Without advertisement who knows what the economy would look like. Maybe it would be better because of honesty, or maybe it would not because it would only be word of mouth.

The Reconstruction period would have been different if Lincoln would have not been assassinated because he would have had control over the Radical Republicans. The Radical Republicans wanted to punish and thought the South deserved to punish. Lincoln would not have allowed this. He had control over them and saw the South as equals and wanted to allow them to be part of the process of owning land and renting, but the Radical Republicans did not. When Lincoln was killed, Andrew Johnson became President and was not able to control the Radial Republicans and because of this, there were lashings and killings in the South. The “black codes” was also developed, and if Lincoln was not assassinated this would have never happened. The blacks of the South would have been able to rent and own land, they would have been able to establish on their own. They were brutally beaten and killed and it still happens in some of the south today. Some of the towns in the South today do not see the African Americans as equal and do not feel that they can walk and eat in the same places as whites, so they are not welcomed. If Lincoln had not been assassinated, things would most likely have been changed and slowly adapted in the South.

The industrialization affected the average life of working American during this period by (Gilded 2011) by hiring people who did their job reliably and without complaining. The number of women went from 2.6 to 8.6 million in 1880 to 1900. In labor conditions, it was not very safe, factory work was very dangerous and it was almost impossible to hold the factory owners responsible for the deaths and injuries of the workers (Gilded 2011). (Gilded 2011) At this time there were no safety regulations or codes for working conditions, so courts were rarely sympathetic to claims...

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