Were the Black Codes another form of slavery? Use the links below one paragraph 7 sentences
he Civil War ended on April 9, 1865, and the original goal of the North to preserve the Union was accomplished. The task that lay before Lincoln and Congress was to reintegrate the rebellious Southern states into the Union. For many white southerners “Reconstruction was a vicious and destructive experience – a period when vindictive Northerners inflicted humiliation and revenge on a pro-state South.” In order to prepare for this discussion forum: • Review and identify the relevant sections of
Chapters 17 and 18 that support your discussion.
• Review and identify relevant information on the linked PBS American Experience site, Reconstruction The Second Civil War • White Men Unite • State by State: Reconstruction timeline
• This link will direct you to the full transcript of the Wade-Davis Bill. What does it suggest about the prevailing Reconstruction sentiments in Congress?
• Read the section in Chapter 17 which discusses the Black Codes, and the linked site on the Black Codes.
• Read the linked document, a selection from The Ills of the South, written by Charles H. Okten, a Mississippi Baptist preacher, and schoolteacher, in which he describes conditions for Black Americans under the sharecropping and crop-lien system.