Rebuilding America

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Rebuilding America

The New Orleans Race Riot took place on July 30, 1866. Many white men with strong southern opinions became very upset and decided to take out their anger on other black men. Thirty-five peope were killed and more than one hundred were wounded. Sadly, many events like this took place throughout the south during this time. This impacted us by showing us how cruel we could be, and from that, we can appriciate our humanity.

The reconstruction era lasted from 1865 to 1877. It took place after the civil war. Slavery had been abolished. Northerners, white unionists, and republicans were heading to the south. Former slaves became sharecroppers.

Blanche K. Bruce was born in 1841. His mother was a slave and his father was a white farmer. He escaped to unsucessfully enroll in the Union army when his master moved to Missouri during the civil war. Blanche was the first african american to serve a full term in the senate. He represented Mississippi from 1875 to 1881. He died in 1898. Blanche impacted America at the time by showing other african americans what could be done. He reminded us that we weren't dreaming; we could accomplish our amazing goals, like serving in the senate.

Rebuilding America


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