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This unit introduces students to the Reconstruction Era (1865-1877) of American history. Students will discover that Reconstruction failed to alter the South's social structure or its distribution of wealth and power. This unit introduces the Reconstruction Era (1865-1877) of American history. Reconstruction failed to alter the South's social structure or its distribution of wealth and power. "It would be best for the peace, harmony, and prosperity of the whole country that there should be an immediate restoration, an immediate bringing back of the States into their original practical relations.…," The Freedmen's Bureau was attacked by the Alex system leaving the vast majority of free slaves uneducated there was no land reform, slaves were forced into a sharecropping system and did not own their own farms, no independent, no equal and no success. The Black Codes and other laws restricting former slaves, though clearly unconstitutional, were not challenged in court or struck down by local military authorities, leaving African-Americans virtually unprotected and subject once again to working for whites involuntarily.
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