Reconstruction was the period of time between 1865 and 1877 when the north controlled the southern government in an effort to put the country back together after the civil war. Reconstruction was over in only twelve years because the north crushed it. The northerners were too busy worrying about their government to worry about what was going on in the south. The northerners didn’t think blacks were proper enough like them.The whites felt that blacks wouldn’t be able to forget about being slaves.
Northerners had problem of their own. According to Gerald Danzer et l., The Americans , McDougal Littell, 1998 Northerners were sick of the Negro Question and and carpet bag government Northerners were focused on the Panic of 1873 and the corruption in Grant’s administration. Harper Weeklys, 1876 source there is a caption of Grant digging for all the corruption.The northerners And the Northern government just gave up they didn’t want to deal with it no more, they were tired of it.
Northerners didn’t see blacks as equal they couldn’t see how they can be like them. According to The Cover of Harper’s Weekly March 14, 1874 the northerners drew a portrait of the South Carolina Legislature during Reconstruction showing how the blacks are not happy with each other and the northerners are just sitting there not caring because they think they’re just buffoons and crazy people. The caption said “U.S. ‘In for It.’ I hope to get to the bottom soon witch means he hope he can get all the corruption quick enough.
The South were not blameless. The kkk were people from the south who were killing blacks and anyone who was helping with reconstruction. In Harper’s Weekly October 21, 1876
The picture was southerners harassing a black man for voting for the radical tickets they didn’t like that. The Ku Klux Klan were killing scalawags and carpetbaggers and anyone who went along with reconstruction so people can see it saying meaning if the find anyone who is helping with reconstruction they are going to die to.