Reconstruction and the New South

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Reconstruction and the New South I. Understanding the Civil War and its Aftermath A. The Civil War and the American Society 1. Causes: differing ideals over government, different views of economy/slavery 2. Costs: 3. Effects: B. Mythologies of the Old South and Fables of Reconstruction 1. Virtues of society and thoughts of their superiority to northern society drowned by the appearance of slavery 2. Even those who did not own slaves defended the institution because that believed it was the foundation of their society (a way of life) 3. Gone with the Wind - romanticizes the lives of slaves and Southerners II. Reconstruction (1863-1877) A. Myths of Reconstruction 1. African Americans were incapable of social order 2. Self centered governments are inherently corrupt and abusive 1. Radical Republicans a) maintain power for their own party, hope to use Federal govern- ment as a means to accomplish their goals b) want to remake the South in the image of the North politically and economically c) justice for the ex-slaves 2. Northern Moderates a) include northern republicans and democrats who wanted quick peace b) want to readmit southern states quickly 3. Elites in the planter class of the former Confederacy
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