- Words: 3343
- Length: 10 Pages
- Topic: American History
- Paper #: 67883821
To understand the spirit of the Reconstruction crisis, one must understand the reality of the civil war, recognize that the generation of Americans caught up in the web of Reconstruction actually lived, actually confronted a situation, today totally alien to us, where countrymen killed countrymen, where political power involved more than the simple control of administration. (Benedict, 1973, p. 1)
Americans were ill equipped to cope with the problem effectively.