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The Meaning of Freedom – 51 Categories: ID, WXT, POL, CUL In what ways did the freedmen’s goal of landownership clash with the goals of the northern Republicans and of southern? What were the results of that clash? 1) The freedmen’s goal of landownership clashed with the goals of the northern Republicans and of the southern in one major way: Republicans wanted to “restore cotton as the country’s leading export.” Republicans did not envision former slaves to become independent farmers but to become wageworkers on the cash-crop plantations. This was also prompted by Johnson’s amnesty plan which allowed white owners to reclaim their land that had been given away to the now freed African Americans. What were the goals of the southern Republican governments? In what ways did they succeed in realizing these aims?

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