The South was left in chaos in both the political andeconomic aspect of things after the Civil War. After the conclusion of theCivil War, the South lost their right to have slaves due to slavery beingabolished. The abolition of slavery caused a great deal of mess for the Southas that was their main part of capital. During the Reconstruction period,Lincoln decided against punishing the South for what they did during the CivilWar.
After Lincoln was assassinated, Johnson became president and had otherplans for reconstruction than Lincoln had. The Southerners had other plans forhow they were going to re build and shape themselves after the civil war. Afterthe Civil War ended, the Southern states decided in making laws called the “BlackCodes”. The “Black Codes” were such laws that limited the rights of formerslaves that were recently freed after the abolition of slavery (Murrin 389).
Another attempt the Southerners tried to shapetheir post-Civil War economy was that the government tried to enforce a thingcalled the “Freedmen’s Bureau”, which was an attempt at helping the recentlyfreed slaves to get onto their feet after being sold into slavery for a longtime. The Freedmen’s Bureau put in place some food rations, and supervisedlabor to ensure that the white and blacks got along in the South (Murrin 389).The Southern states attempted to preserve their as much of their culture aspossible by making sure that recently freed black slaves were unable to vote inelections and made sure they were segregated from the white population as well. In a result of this, Congress passed anact called the Reconstruction Acts of 1867, which attempted to force the Southto allow black males to vote in elections rather than withholding them fromvoting, since they are indeed now U.S.
citizens and no longer “property”. All of these acts enforced by the Southernstates as well as the government helped try to fix the Southern economy andpolitical side of things after the Civil War left all of the South in completechaos and shambles.