The Civil War pitted secessionist Southern pro-slavery states against the pro-Union, anti-slavery states of the North. The war concluded with the emancipation of enslaved people, and the passage of constitutional amendments and laws meant to protect the rights of newly freed citizens. African Americans won political office during Reconstruction; however, the era was also marked by frequent intimidation, terrorism and disenfranchisement of African Americans who sought autonomy and equality (From Black Freedom Struggle in the United States)
The documentary series "Emancipation Road" looks at different eras of the historic struggle for Black Freedom. This episode explore the Emancipation Proclamation and its impact on the end of the Civil War, the Reconstruction era in the American south and the Reconstruction era constitutional amendments passed to protect gains of the Civil War and Reconstruction.