Why did the federal government find it so hard to establish a plan for reconstruction?I know how I'm going to start off this, just having trouble finding out why it was so difficult. Any help would...

Why did the federal government find it so hard to establish a plan for reconstruction?

I know how I'm going to start off this, just having trouble finding out why it was so difficult. Any help would be great.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There were a number of problems:

  • Disagreement within the federal government about what to do.  There was disagreement about how harshly to treat the Southern states (how much amnesty to give, etc).  And there was disagreement over how much to help the freed slaves.  The disagreements (such as between Pres. Johnson and the Radical Republicans) delayed things.
  • The resistance from white Southerners.  White Southerners did not want any part of being reconstructed (for the most part).  They wanted things to go back to how they had been.  This was seen in such things as the formation of the KKK.

Those are the two most important, in my opinion.

mkcapen1 | Student

After the Civil War the south had very limited resources. The distribution of the resources fell upon the Federal Government. The limited resources combined with the mass group of displaced slaves led to unforeseen circumstances. It was a new venture for the Federal Government which was met by many different obstacles.

The first obstacle was the murder of the President. Lincoln was assassinated before the process could be fully developed. The task then fell to Andrew Johnson.

The second obstacle was that the problems and conflicts that existed before the Civil War were still evident. As the southerners began to reclaim power the black people suffered worse. They found themselves unwanted and displaced even more as they moved their self’s and families from place to place. No town welcomed them and many met with violent resistance. Those who did find work were not much better off than when they had been slaves. Their rights were still violated and they were mistreated. Lynching of black people increased during the reconstruction period.