HIS 303 Week 3 DQ1
The Constitution and Reconstruction
A common misconception about the end of the Civil War is that, after ending slavery, the federal government did nothing to assist former slaves. In fact, the Constitution itself was substantially altered to define the rights of Americans and to allow the federal government to protect those rights. Review the contents of the Fourteenth, Fifteenth, and Nineteenth Amendments, along with the history of the period from 1865 to 1933. What measures did the federal government implement during Reconstruction to aid freed people? Why and how would those measures prove largely ineffective in the long-term? What gains did women’s rights activists gain between 1865 and 1933? Who gained more during this time period, women or Blacks? What unique disadvantages did black women face? What rights did workers gain during this period, and what rights did they demand, but fail to gain? What role did the federal government play during this period in expanding and ensuring the rights of citizens? When responding to the above questions, draw from material from one of the following videos:
- The story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: Failure is impossible
- The second American revolution, Part 1
- Stories from the mines: How immigrant miners changed America
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7 in at least 100 words. Refer to the Week One discussion instructions for the components of a good post and a good response to your peer’s posts.