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What are the positive points of the Southern Reconstruction?

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June 04, 2008 7:32AM

== == The successes of Reconstruction were few but important. The passing of three constitutional amendments, the 13th, 14th, and 15th were successful because they each offered permanent freedom and protection under the law to African-Americans. Passing a constitutional amendment was a great victory for the Republicans and reconstruction since amendments were much harder than laws to be repealed. Republicans feared that a democrat would rescind all the reconstruction acts that they had passed. These amendments gave to all African-Americans born in the U.S full citizenship, the right to vote, and equal protection under the law.

Successes were not only in politics but also in internal improvements. During Reconstruction, the building of roads, bridges, and railroads improved transportation and trade. The building of hospitals, schools, and increased care for the handicapped increased health and education levels in the South. Tax systems were revamped in order to pay for these improvements.