History Reconstruction And The Civil War

Humanities

The idea of “Reconstruction”, according to some traditional historians, suggests a second American revolution, particularly with the adoption of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the United States Constitution. However, when objectively looks at the historical “balance sheet”, the more revisionist theories are better served, meaning: 1) there was never really a second American revolution; 2) that the policies of military reconstruction were simply methods by which the victor treated the vanquished as a foreign nation-state; 3) the Presidential election of 1876 negated whatever objectives were accomplished within the imagined framework of a second American revolution and 4) that the Civil War, was, in the final analysis, a tragic, violent and futile effort.

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