How did the Civil War + Reconstruction change the Thinking back on everything we have discussed during the unit on the Civil War and Reconstruction explain how, in your opinion, the United States was changed

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Thinking back on everything we have discussed during the unit on the Civil War and Reconstruction explain how, in your opinion, the United States was changed. You can make new comments or comment on the posts of others. You must post to this topic by Tuesday night at 9pm.

well i think that the us was changed by the population of black
slaves. Plus many immigrants came to America for all of the freedoms we
have in this country

Posted by: james hutzler (5)  (unauthenticated)   |  May 14, 2009 10:10 PM

I agree with Katie about the bringing the US back together. I also

think that The 13,14 and 15 Amendment was part of it to.
Hey Mr.Whitehear sorry its late.:)
Posted by: Tayler (4)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 19, 2008 11:45 AM

I agree with Tyler too, the slaves were people with feelings and

they had lives and families. It was completly wrong of them to do that
to those innocent people. (Mr. Whitehead's comment: So how did the Civil
War and Reconstruction change their lives?)
Posted by: Rebecca  (unauthenticated)   |  December 18, 2008 6:00 PM

I agree with Nick and Tyler.

(Mr. Whitehead's comment: About what do you agree with Nick and Tyler?
This is not a serious comment as you need to add details to your
agreement with them otherwise I have no idea what you agree about and
why you agree with them.)
Posted by: Meagan M 6  (unauthenticated)   |  December 18, 2008 3:40 PM

It changed the U.S. because the freed slaves were in the Freedmans

Bureau. And the slavery ended, but racism still went on forming the KKK.
But to after the Civil War the country was brought to together somewhat
- toodles
(Mr. Whitehead's comment: Wasn't the Freedmans Bureau the organisation
that was formed to help the freed slaves get education, jobs, food and
shelter? The KKK was a response to the freeing of the slaves and the
efforts to get equality for them.)
Posted by: Collin An  (unauthenticated)   |  December 18, 2008 3:33 PM

I agree with Tyler and I believe it was wrong to have slaves to work

for you because they're people not DOGS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Breanna 6  (unauthenticated)   |  December 18, 2008 3:29 PM

I don't agree with Brody because the South really didn't change that

much.Didn't racism just get worse in the South?And hasn't it gotten
worse since?

(Mr. Whitehead's comment: Yes it did get worse to begin with, but since

the Civil Rights Act in the 1960s there is less racism. There are always
racist people, but you cannot control how people think.)
Posted by: Andy 6th  (unauthenticated)   |  December 18, 2008 3:29 PM

Reconstruction changed the U.S because the south was mad at the union

but gave us the society that we have today. Reconstruction helped keep
the union in control, Toodles.
6th period
(Mr. Whitehead's comment: You need to explain your answer rather than
try to do the minimum for a grade. How did Reconstruction give us the
society we have today?)
Posted by: conrad burnap  (unauthenticated)   |  December 18, 2008 3:22 PM

I agree with Tyler that the Reconstruction changed with the 13, 14, and

the 15 Amendments. I think that it was wrong to have slaves. (Mr.
Whitehead's comment: How did the Amendments change the USA?)

Posted by: Breanna (6)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 18, 2008 3:11 PM

I think the Civil War and Reconstruction changed our country for the

good, however it may not have seemed like it at the time, overall it
eventually bettered our country. (Mr. Whitehead's comment-how? You need
to explain your answer please.)

Posted by: bobby6 hello mr whitehead  (unauthenticated)   |  December 18, 2008 3:10 PM

I think the United States changed because now, the former slaves got to

be educated. It also made it harder for other people to get jobs because
more people were trying to get jobs.

Posted by: Brody 6th  (unauthenticated)   |  December 18, 2008 11:17 AM

The Civil War was good because it partially freed the slaves, lowered

discrimination, more businesses and put the "United" in the United
States but it was bad because many were killed which decreased
population it started small later fights and it destroyed the south.

ケイ著 (it says by Kay sorry had to play with the Japanese

button =^.^=)
Posted by: Kay (5)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 17, 2008 9:49 PM

I agree with Grace. The Civil War made people stress until it was

finally over when people were glad it was over, and then nobody wanted
to worry about Reconstruction.
The 13,14,15 Amendments also made people have to get use to a new life
and do their own work.

Posted by: hannah5  (unauthenticated)   |  December 17, 2008 4:31 PM

I agree with shelby5 that slaves needed help but didnt immigration

have an affect too? After the civil war more people started to come in
Posted by: Jace5  (unauthenticated)   |  December 17, 2008 8:42 AM

I agree with Shelby5 that slaves were not educated and so we helped

them but didn't immigration change the US too because after the civil
war more people started to come in a again.
(Mr. Whitehead's comment: The new immigrants were certainly competing
with African Americans for jobs, but the South had now also been opened
up to businesses and so there were new places for the immigrants to go.
Also the western USA finally started to be opened up-bad for the Native
Americans, but it was the beginning of great expansion in the USA. )
Posted by: Jace5  (unauthenticated)   |  December 17, 2008 8:40 AM

Reconstruction changed the USA in many forms. The idea to reconstruct

the South created issues between both radical Congress and the seat of
Presidency which became so harsh that Congress unconstitutionally
overrode all of President Andrew Johnson's presidential right to veto
and stripped him of all of his authority and power until he left the
office of which he formerly held military and government power. That
prevented total reform of the Northern, Southern and Western states in
the UNITED States of America.
Posted by: Talen Swan (6)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 10:05 PM

I don't agree with Cade or Tyler because the KKK didnt have anything

with the Civil War but it kind of did something with the Reconstruction
but nothing with the Civil War.

(Mr. Whitehead's comment: Didn't the KKK arise because of the results of

the Civil War? If so then it did have a connection to that war.)

Posted by: kiana5  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 9:36 PM

I agree with RAT. What Abe did was tough,giving your enemies the south

a second chance is not an easy thing to do. It was also the riht thing
to do.
Posted by: Andrew (5)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 8:49 PM

hey Whitehead i just wanted to say that the Reconstruction did really

bring us back together more as a union but somone said that then
industrialization started a lot in the south but I can't really think of
any major cities in the south. I really do still respect what they said
and I'm not putting them down but can you tell me some that did!!!
thanks a ton and i know you really do LOVE US AND ALL OF OUR TYPED

(Mr. Whitehead's comment: As time has gone on many companies that

manufactured took the opportunity to move south because of the cheaper
land and better climate. Thanks for the comments Shelby.)

Posted by: Shllllby (tee heee tee hee)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 8:48 PM

I thought that the amendments had to do a lot with the Civil War and

splitting the USA. And for Reconstruction it was very different when we
put the Union with the Confederate. When they were together there were 2
different groups with different beliefs about what they wanted. This
caused problems.

Posted by: Emma (5)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 8:45 PM

I agree with my fellow fifth hour people Cassandra and Hannah P. The

freed African-Americans were unable to do anything but work, and they
couldn't find jobs. It is like an ultimatum with no winning answer(By
the way, I don't know if ultimatum's do have winning answers.). I think
that it overcrowded our nation, and like Cassandra said, they just took
up space. I wonder how it would have been if Freedman's Bureau hadn't
been made. Probably we would have been educating them later on, but it
could have really slowed the African-Americans progress. It changed our
nation so that we no longer treat African-Americans or other immigrants
as slaves. And if we had used other reconstruction plans, who knows how
the U.S. would be now? Basically, the way we did this completely shaped
our future. If You agree, say so!

Posted by: jordon 5th  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 8:24 PM

I don't agree with Alex M. In my opinion Reconstruction increased the

discrimination of the slaves. I also agree with Nick R. He is right
about how the U.S was split apart. I really like his comparison with the
paper!!!!!!! :-) It is so true. The US also changed because we had a
whole ton of uneducated slaves roaming around. It also made it harder
for al the immigrants to get jobs. If I have any smelling errors PLEASE
tell me!!!!!!!!!! Thx!

(Mr. Whitehead's comment: Looks good!)

Posted by: Grace (6)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 8:18 PM

I think that the whole thing opened our eyes and told us that we could

start over and create a whole new economy.The reconstruction process was
the hardest because we had just won the war and we were all happy until
we had to rebuild everything. And I think the amendments were the
hardest because they have been doing things for so long that it was hard
to adjust. Take slavery for example, that was something hard because the
slaves did everything and now that the slaves were free the owners had
to do all the work.

Posted by: Michael H. (4)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 7:55 PM

I agree with Tyler. The 13, 14, and 15 Amendments were a big part of

Reconstruction. It made changes in our society. It helped us become the
nation we are today.
Posted by: Gracie 4  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 7:54 PM

I think reconstruction had a major impact on government with the

creation of the freedman's bureau, Lincoln's 10% plan, Johnson's 10%+
plan and the Wade-Davis bill.

(Mr. Whitehead's comment: Can you explain how these plans affect the

Posted by: Ethan Gardner  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 7:51 PM

I believe that reconstruction was a good plan that was poorly executed.

I think that they did not make laws to enforce the good, constructive
laws they had previously made. I think that instead of teaching people
that blacks were to be kept at a distance i think that they should have
made the blacks part of society and forced the whites to be in contact
with them. There would have been some problems at first but i think
that the next generation would have been more excepting of other races
rather than racial discrimination going on for over 100 years.

Posted by:  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 7:04 PM

in my opinion i think the reconstruction changed the U.S because mainly

alot of the Southern people
weren't really giddy about the laws given and most of the black people
were uneducated. But help from people (carpet baggers)they were
Posted by: chris(4)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 6:37 PM

America was changed in many different ways, one was immigrants. After

the civil war was over, more immigrants came and added new cultures and
population to the U.S. Also, it brought more tensions between the North
and South.
Posted by: shelbie4  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 6:15 PM

I Agree with Alex M. Reconstruction helped decrease the

discrimination of African Americans. But it also kind of helped
discrimination because people tried to figure out loop holes to
segregate and to get around laws like the 15th amendment.If they
couldn't base voting on race. Color, or previous condition of
servitude.Why not, if you couldn't read or write you can't
vote.Reconstruction helped unite America into one country not two.The
south now had to swear their loyalty to the Union to be accepted back.
Their constitution had to be rewritten to fit with the Union's. And all
the armies weren't the Union's or the Confederate's but the UNITED
States of America. In my opinion this helped America become the world
power it is today.

Posted by: Colton 4th hour  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 6:10 PM

I agree with Moe! THe 13, 14, and 15th Amendments made the US change

during the Reconstruction time. Plus the Wade Davis plan didn't give the
US the right choice to fix itself. he he Mr. Whitehead!!

Posted by: Colton (6)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 5:29 PM

I agree with Tyler in that the 13th 14th 15th amendment did change the

US. I also think that trying to get rid of slavery was also a big part
because if there was still slavery in the US then there would never have
been a plan to try to reconstruct it.
Posted by: Alysha 4  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 5:27 PM

I agree with tyler johnson that the 13,14, and 15th amendments did

change the US during reconstruction. I think we should have been more
fair with the former slaves though because they arent a sub-species of
human, they are the same as everyone else!!!!!!!!!! Hi whitehead!!!

Posted by: MOE Johnson (6)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 5:26 PM

I think Reconstruction affected (or effected, who knows?) the U.S. today

by helping decrease African-American discrimination. People like the
carpetbaggers and the Freedman's Bureau helped establish an educated
community. But unfortunately, it also led to the establishment of
anti-black organizations like the Ku Klux Klan, who lynched blacks and
whites that helped them.

Posted by: Alex M. (4th)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 5:23 PM

I thought reconstruction changed the U.S because of a few different

things, one is that even though a lot of the Southern states and people
weren't happy about the laws and things like that there was more
business going on because they started working together. Another way
they changed the U.S was the Southern states started rejoining the U.S.
I thought they really changed the U.S though because after the Civil War
and during reconstruction, factories moved into the South and they
started industrialization.
Posted by: kirsten(4)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 5:22 PM

I agree with Cassandra when she said that all of the uneducated

African-Americans weren't doing anything but taking up space and the
government was trying to find something for them to do to stop
overcrowding in the United States.
I also think that because all of the African-Americans that were
coming down to the Southern territory, the white Southerners had a
rapidly-growing hatred for them being there. I think that was one of the
mains seasons that the Ku Klux Klan started, like Cade said.
I also think that the 13th, 14th, and 15th ammendmends had a lot to do
with the growing hatred, too.
Though the African-Americans and the white Southerners hated each
other so much, Reconstruction was(for the most part)successful. Is this

Posted by: Dylan (6)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 5:20 PM

I agree with almost all the comments posted, especially the 13th,

14th, and 15th amendments because they had to be changed over and over
again because there were so many loopholes in those documents that
restricted African-Americans from voting. I also think that Andrew
Johnson's presidency had changed the U.S. because of him treating
American's differently than Lincoln.

Posted by: Sydney (4)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 5:18 PM

Could it be possible that the South just wanted the North to go away so

that they could have their way of rebuilding? Or did they just want to
get back to abusing the African Americans after the Hayes-Tilden
Compromise? Or, another option, could they have wanted to come up and
start fighting the North again? I don't really know. Does anyone have
the answer for me?

Posted by: Kinnon (6)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 4:56 PM

After the Civil War America was split in two everyone was tired and no

body wanted to think ahead to reconstruction. So I think Abe's plan was
the best because he gave the south an other chance. Its tough to do that
with your enemies especisly after a long hard war. ROCK ON HONEST

Posted by: RAT5  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 4:52 PM

I believe that reconstruction changed the United States because it

brought the U.S. together, as in transportation. Now we had the same
railroad tracks and transportation system. We were able to get goods to
each other without unloading and reloading again. Therefore
reconstruction changed the U.S. because now both the north and the south
had the same railroad systems and tracks.

Posted by: Nadia (4th)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 4:47 PM

I think that the U.S. was changed in so many different ways, but I'm

only going to name a couple the first one is Reconstruction made tension
between the north and south, it made horrible groups like the Ku Klux
Klan form, and made the slaves free with no education to try to live a
Posted by: Travis4  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 4:43 PM

I agree with both Nick and Tyler. The Admendents had a lot to do with it

and the U.S. splitting apart.After the 13th Admendent all the blacks
slaves were free that had very little to do. They were uneducated which
made it worse. I also believe with a lot of people reconstruction had a
lot to do with it as well. Many things were changed and not the same
Posted by: Emily (6th)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 4:35 PM

The U.S. became more of an industrial country and it was a lot more

populated. Now that there were more people there were more jobs needed
for those people. ALso, there were more cities and factories ect.
Another thing is that there was more discrimination against blacks than
before (in my opinion) because the whites and blacks were all of a
sudden together after all the time that they were separated and that
didn"t go over so well.
Posted by: Kristiana Warth  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 4:31 PM

I agree with Cassandra. I think that the U.S. was way more populated

after reconstruction because of the immigrants and blacks looking for

Posted by: Miranda (6)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 4:22 PM

I think that mixing immigrants and slaves was a big change and

actually integrating Americans and African Americans was a big change

Posted by: madi (6)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 4:19 PM

I believe the reconstruction changed the U.S. in a lot of different
ways. Well first of all it brought our country back together to join as
one, once again. It partially change the way we look at people for there
race and religious beliefs. Brought new laws, new cultures, new idea,
laws against African Americans, women rights, new businesses, and a new

Posted by: katie 4  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 4:19 PM

I disagree with Tyler and Cade the the 14th,15th, and 16th ammendments

didn't change it greatly. It made people discremintate colored people
even more. It freed the slaves yes but the rest of it just made it
Posted by: Rebecca (6th)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 3:51 PM

I think the US changed from the civil war because we used to fight. it

was just like two brothers fighting but with violence. I also agree with
tyler. He has a good point. The US changed by who leads it to. For
example,now there is oonly one person leading the Us insted of two. The
confederate no longer is leading the south.

Posted by: emerson(6)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 3:49 PM

I think reconstruction changed America because it made us who we are

today. Many immigrants kept coming and we became named the "melting
pot". We set up the stock market and banks got larger. We started our
oil business. We added the South and reconstructed it. We made sure that
they wouldn't break away again. We also kept on adding to out "harsh"
personality. Also there were free black people to take care of and that
took up many resources.

Posted by: Max 5  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 8:44 AM

I think that the Civil War changed the way that America thought of the

state's rights. The African Americans were a major element in the change
of civil rights. I think that after the war and during Reconstuction,
people got really selfish. People started completely spending like
crazy, when they could have been helping some of the better causes. The
13th, 14th, and 15th amendments also changed the way of American life.
That's what I think.

Posted by: Kinnon 6  (unauthenticated)   |  December 16, 2008 8:15 AM

I think the US changed because there were so many more people in the US.

Overpopulation was a big problem because there were uneducated blacks
who couldn't do much but took up needed space and immigrants coming
rapidly into the US. The blacks and immigrants needed help to find jobs
and needed help finding a place for them to fit in the growing US.

Posted by: Cassandra(5)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 15, 2008 9:19 PM

I agree that Civil War reconstruction had to do with the amount of black

slaves that were uneducated. After the Civil War was all over, and the
13th Amendment had freed all slaves, (except if you had been punished),
there was not much the African Americans could do. The slaves had little
to no options, until the Freedman's Bureau was established.

Posted by: Hannah P. (5)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 15, 2008 8:25 PM

I agree with Tyler that the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments changed

America greatly. Furthermore, the attempted forced equality of blacks on
white southerners created even more hatred, which created the white
supremisist movement a.k.a. KKK.
Posted by: Cade (5)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 15, 2008 8:07 PM

I think there are many reasons.

But I think Shelby is right. It had a lot to do with the slaves and
trying to educate them. It was also a huge mess to fix and change
because it really split the U.S.
Posted by: Alyssa 5  (unauthenticated)   |  December 15, 2008 7:41 PM

ok...... it changed the U.S. because in a way it brought us together but

at the same time, we were arguing like cows on the loose. instead of
being a couple individual parts, we came together as one whole. the
South learned that they couldn't and wouldn't always get what they
wanted, especially with the reconstruction, and we learned the same. it
brought us together bacause it made us realize that in order to be one
union we had to cooperate and get along and work like a team...........
thanks for taking time to read this! MR. WHITEHEAD!!!!!!! TEE HEE!!!!!
(Mr. Whitehead's comment: Good analysis-glad we could get this posting
to the right place!!)

Posted by: k-mart  (unauthenticated)   |  December 15, 2008 6:10 PM

I agree with the first comment, but i personally think that having the

African Americans treated equally to the white men so quickly caused a
lot of racism. I am glad that the African Americans were treated
equally, but I can also see that the whites were educated, owned
property, and worked hard to be get where they were. I think that this
was a main change in the US.

Did the South have any sort of plan for reconstruction?

(Mr. Whitehead's comment: Good question and I am not sure about
that-will check on it for you. I am under the assumption that they just
thought things would go back to "normal" - the way they had been before
the war.)
Posted by: Kelly(5)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 15, 2008 6:00 PM

I agree with Emily but it also opened the real world to slaves and we

weren't prepared for them because there wasn't enough schools and jobs
for everyone to go to.

Posted by: Makaela V  (unauthenticated)   |  December 15, 2008 5:21 PM

I think the United States was changed by reconstruction in many ways.

The most important thing that changed us, though, was the fact that the
US had been split apart. For example, when you tear a piece of paper
apart, you can never put it back exactly the same as it was before.

Posted by: Nick R. 6  (unauthenticated)   |  December 15, 2008 3:49 PM

Reconstruction changed the U.S. because there was no slavery, but the

African Americans were still treated badly. It caused more people to
come because the war was over. This increased the amount of jobs.
Another reason there would be more jobs is because the South would be
industrialized. There would be more railroads connecting to the South.
Posted by: fernando4  (unauthenticated)   |  December 15, 2008 8:29 AM

Reconstruction affected the USA because then people were trying to help

get the Free slaves an education. This made people more racist then they
already are. Now we needed to stop segregation that is what Plessy was
fighting for.

Posted by: shelby5  (unauthenticated)   |  December 15, 2008 8:19 AM

I think the US was changed by the amount of black slaves that were

uneducated. Carpetbaggers went to help to educate them.

Posted by: ashton5  (unauthenticated)   |  December 12, 2008 7:06 AM

During Reconstruction I don't think that everything was put back

exactly the same way as before.Many civilians had moved away so not as
many houses were rebuilt.Is this right? (Mr. Whitehead's comment:-It was
hoped that not everything would be the same as a result of
Reconstruction, but most homes etc were rebuilt. The parts that were not
the same were the US society.)

-Emily E 5th hour

Posted by: EmilyE(5)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 11, 2008 8:07 PM

I think it changed the United States in so many ways I couldn't name

them all. In my opinion it totally split the U.S. Also I think it took a
long time to fix this. (Mr. Whitehead's comment:- So give me one way in
which it changed the United States.)

Posted by: Taylor (5)  (unauthenticated)   |  December 11, 2008 5:22 PM

Reconstruction changed the U.S. with the 13,14,and 15 Amendments. The 3

different plans that Lincoln, Johnson and Davis and Wade plans also
changed the U.S. by not getting the U.S. the right option to get fixed.
Posted by: Tyler Johnson 6  (unauthenticated)   |  December 11, 2008 5:09 PM

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