The reconstruction of America and the South after the war was a very difficult task, and some citizens had more of a difficult time adjusting to their new life after the war was fought than others. The limiting and destruction of slave use was one thing that most people had a hard time adjusting to. Famers, planters, and other agricultural workers were so used to having complete control over their labor force, that when the slaves were freed so suddenly, they were very lost. They would have to work twice as hard to get their crops and other goods ready on their own, while they would barely have to do any labor when they had slaves. Also, many people were forced into poverty after the war, and did not have the means to buy anything or make a living for themselves in the south, which could have led to the downfall and breaking of the southern economy.
The Lost Cause of the Confederacy describes the losing of the confederacy in the war, and the fact that even though they did lose, they lost heroically. But, most southerners were devastated with the loss of the Confederacy, economically speaking. Before the war even started, people living in the south believed that their hard work and rich military status would help them to win the war, but this was not true apparently. People went into somewhat a state of shock in the south after losing the war, and their economy, or the wealth and resources of a country, is what was poorly affected.
After the war, the American economy was caught in a state of change that they were trying to get out of. The south, or the confederacy, had lost the war, and everyone was trying to get back on their feet. War is not just a difficult thing to go through and fight for, but is also very expensive. Individuals at this time were just trying to look for a new way to make some money. America was mostly in a agricultural phase. They would grow and sell crops and animals and were even known as one of the strongest industries in the 1800's-1900's. But, this title would somewhat run it's course after the southern defeat in the war.
The loss of the south, and the destruction of slave working laws really destroyed the southern economy. People needing labor were so used to having their slave hands work for them, and when they lost their slaves, they went into somewhat a state of panic. Farmers had to work twice as hard to get their harvest ready, and everyone was somewhat is a distressed phase. America was starting to go into a machine age after the war, for the had no way to rely on their laborors.