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Katie Layton U.S. History

The reconstruction period was a time of recovery for the country as a whole. To heal the deep wounds of the civil war. The loss of cities, towns, homes, and family members. Whole cities were burned level, and widows were left scattered all over the country with a small pil ....

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.... where they really freed? The first example that kept them in captivity was food. Everybody needs to eat regardless of their skin color. Previously, food had been provided for them by the slave owner, but now that they were free, they were on their own for finding food. Secondly, was jobs. It was obvious that nobody in the south was going to hire an African-American to do anything more than what they had done as slaves. And even hard farm labor didn’t pay anything because the landowners were resentful to pay the African- American’s for a service that was previously free. Most of the ....

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