Chapter 16 - Roark Chapter 16: Reconstruction, 1863-1877...

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Roark Chapter 16: Reconstruction, 1863-1877 Notes and Quotes for HIS 1043 by Rex H. Ball, Senior Lecturer When the British Army surrendered at Yorktown, they marched out to the tune of “The World Turned Upside Down.” (Chernow, Hamilton , p. 165) The Americans may have won their independence, but the British did not accept the reality of it or the possibility that the colonials could actually rule themselves. After all, they didn’t even have a king. It is appropriate because of David Golightly Harris’ journal entry shortly after the war ended. Of the free Negroes he wrote, “On their account everything is turned upside down. So much so that we do not know what to do with our land, nor who to hire if we want it worked….We are in the midst of troublesome times & do not know what will turn up.” (399) It is instructive that the British and at least one southerner used exactly the same language to describe their situation. The South was unrepentant. They may have lost the war, but they had no intention at all of participating in what they conceived to be a totally upside down world which replaced the one they treasured from the antebellum period. Thirteen stood.
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Chapter 16 - Roark Chapter 16: Reconstruction, 1863-1877...

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