compare and contrast the causes of the civil war with the goals of reconstruction was the era of reconstruction successful

As the Civil War came to an end, Americans both North and South sought meaning in that great conflict. Even today, Confederate flags and monuments serve as the source of a great many debates about our collective past. During the war, President Lincoln sought out meaning in a war that was only partially completed. With this in mind, please respond to the following essay prompt in a 1000-word response:

In your essay, be sure to use specific examples from the textbook and the primary documents to support your argument answering the above questions and cite where appropriate. Citations from anything other than your textbook/primary sources will result in a point deduction.

Your paper must be typed, double-spaced in a standard font (Times New Roman, 10 or 12 pt. font), and include page numbers. Be sure that your essay has an introduction, followed by a body of supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion.