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What were the major problems facing the nation  after the Civil War?

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amberloura11 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 16, 2011 at 4:51 AM via web

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What were the major problems facing the nation  after the Civil War?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 16, 2011 at 5:08 AM (Answer #1)

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For the nation as a whole, the only real problem (that was connected to the Civil War, at least) was how to get the South reintegrated into the country.  The country had to decide what conditions to impose on the South before it would be allowed back in.  It had to decide, in that context, what to do with the freed slaves.  What rights should they have?  How much, if at all, should the government help them?

Though this did not affect the whole nation, the South also had to figure out how to reorganize its economy.  There was no more slavery now.  So what would the South base its economy on and how would it find laborers?

 

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