Week 2 Lecture 3 Outline - perpetuated this myth III The...

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History 1053 Week 2, Lecture 3 Reconstruction, Part III Outline I. Economic and Social Aspects of Reconstruction II. The Myth of Republican rule in the South a. This myth painted a picture of an oppressed South, exploited by Republican carpetbaggers, scalawags, and African American voters. i. Carpetbaggers were white northerners who moved to the South. ii. Scalawags were white southerners sympathetic to the Republican Party. iii. The 15 th Amendment gave African American men the right to vote. b. The myth claimed that the Republicans were capable of being bought, highly corrupt. c. The myth made the Ku Klux Klan the hero determined to “liberate” the South from Republican rule. d. Movies such as Birth of a Nation and Gone with the Wind
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Unformatted text preview: perpetuated this myth. III. The Reality of Republican rule in the South a. African Americans never dominated southern politics. b. Carpetbaggers and scalawags were not especially corrupt. They were no more and no less venal than other politicians of their time period anywhere in the nation. c. Republicans failed to build a strong base in the South. d. Democrats recaptured or as they put it “redeemed” southern state governments. IV. The Record of Republican state governments in the South V. The Election of 1872 VI. How Republicans lost power in the aftermath of Grant’s Reelection VII. The Election of 1876, the Compromise of 1877, and the End of Reconstruction...
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