From: Lawrence Chen
Time: 2:39:35 AM
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Lawrence Chen Cutler History 67 4/27/00
Did the South lose the Civil War but "win" Reconstruction? Explain.
The South did ultimately lose the Civil War, but won Reconstruction. The South was completely destroyed after the Civil War. With the fall of the Confederacy marked a new freedom for the black people of the south who were no longer slaves. Even though the South was destroyed due to the Civil War reconstruction would help build the South back up again. The South had to come up with a new labor system because slavery was now over. There were no more slaves in the South instead the South had a new and plentiful available workforce. Many African Americans were involved in sharecropping. Even though most Blacks at the time were not literate due to their slave owners they still managed to survive. With the end of slavery came segregation. The free Blacks of the North were already suffering from this new form of discrimination even before the Civil War. The South would benefit also from the many famous Blacks that proved to make history in America. Segregation would live on for the next hundred years or so but rights were won later by the African American community. Slavery was finally abolished and African Americans were finally free.