Reconstruction was a failure

Reconstruction was a failure - Reconstruction was a...

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Reconstruction was a failure, no doubt about it. But there were some good things to come out of it however; the harm done to the black community would have far reaching consequences. William Dunning was the “authority” on Reconstruction and taught at Columbia University from 1886 to 1922. His thesis consisted of three ideas. The first of which is that if the goal of Reconstruction was to promote healing, it totally failed. The second idea was that the “freedmen” were incapable of correctly using the rights that were granted to a citizen because most freedmen were illiterate; therefore incapable of being able to vote. Lastly, he believed that the radical Republicans were villains and that the carpetbaggers, military forces in the South and Ulysses S. Grant were corrupt. Dunning also believed in the South’s Lost Cause. This was the belief that even though the South fought against impossible odds they did so with chivalry and to protect their way of life. Dunning’s thesis was widely accepted as the truth in the South as well as in the
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2010 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Hertweck,tom during the Spring '10 term at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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