Before the Civil war most blacks were considered slaves. As slaves they had no personal rights. After the war, a lot of things changed for the blacks. The process, which helped these blacks to gain rights, was called Reconstruction.
During the time of Reconstruction a freemanís life changed dramatically. One thing that changed was blacks social lives. Since blacks were now free, they were able to do and go as they please. They were able to travel and find friends and family, which were separated from them during slavery. Because of Reconstruction blacks could now be married. They could not be lawfully married, but could obtain marriage certificates. Blacks could also legally participate in a religion, which they couldnít do during slavery.
During this time, blacks lives economically, changed very little. After the war blacks were no longer slaves, but most of them worked as free labor. Working as free labor was not much different than being a sl...