What Would Black History Be if the Reconstruction Era Had Continued?

This entry is part of 9 in the series Slavery on My Mind

(04-02-2014, updated 07-15-2018)  If only the Union Army had stayed in the South, if only the Reconstruction era had been longer... Lincoln went to war to get the South back into the Union. Although the war was mostly about slavery, his initial aim was not to abolish it. He wrote as much in a letter in 1862: "[...] If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, ..."