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Why did Reconstruction come to an end?

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Reconstruction came to an end as a direct result of too many Southerners opposing the reconstruction. When all efforts for reconstruction were met with a battle, the spirits of the Northerners to reconstruct the South began to wane because they did not want to constantly be met with confrontation while trying to reconstruct the area.

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After the Civil War had been fought and black people were granted the right to vote as true citizens of the United States, there were many people in the South who still believed that the black people should not have the same type of equality as white people. These people began to criticize the decisions made by leadership and began to form secret societies. These secret societies included the Ku Klux Klan, which was one of the largest anti-black organizations. Members who were found to be part of the KKK, including politicians and officials, were prosecuted for their involvement with the hate groups. This led to bigger upheaval from the people who did not want blacks to have equal rights. The government, in combination with local militia forces and acting officials, worked to combat these radicals in what was known as reconstruction for equalization of the black people. The Reconstruction ended in the late 19th century and blacks were still treated unequally.

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