American transformation

Discussion in 'Civil War' started by Haywood, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Haywood

    Haywood New Member

    In many ways, the Civil War transformed America into what it is today. What positives can you think of have come about as a result of Reconstruction and the situations following the War?
  2. skyblue

    skyblue Active Member

    Well, the abolishment of slavery meant a freer society and more opportunity for all people in the country. There is no way to legislate racism out of existence, however, so it was a step in the right direction but not a total solution. Many former slaves moved north and found work in factories or in service work, on the new railroads and in other construction projects which was an improvement from their former condition as slaves, I would think. Times weren't exactly easy for anyone back then, with most people working long hours to scrape by. The nation was still a farm-based economy, which is very hard and dangerous work. The South never really recovered economically until well into the next century. In general the nation is better off because an immoral practice was finally prohibited, so we became a more just society.

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