First read the following link:
Then answer the following questions
1. Briefly describe how northerners and southerners viewed and treated blacks during Reconstruction?
2. What conclusions can you draw regarding race relations in America?
3. Include a brief discussion on how blacks responded to their former masters after the Civil War ended.
The Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 freed African Americans in rebel states, and after the Civil War, the Thirteenth Amendment emancipated all U.S. slaves wherever they were. As a result, the mass of Southern blacks now faced the difficulty Northern blacks had confronted--that of a free people surrounded by many hostile whites. One freedman, Houston Hartsfield Holloway, wrote, "For we colored people did not know how to be free and the white people did not know how to have a free colored person about them." In this sense it remains crucial to look at the reconstruction period and its aftermath endeavors. This paper will discuss the existent relationship between the races during this period and after the proclamation and also give a rigorous analysis on the larger picture of the relationship between the very many races in America.