Unformatted text preview: Since slavery was dead having only cotton as a crop was no longer useful. The Redeemers then decided to diversify crop and expand in other types of businesses such as textiles and building roadways. Financial success became more important to them than political. They rebuilt the South and wanted people to begin to invest into the New South. 3. Many people feel that everyone had won at the end of reconstruction; however, the group of people who really had the “happy days” is the upper middle class. Merchants were really the boss of the people. They lost a little power during reconstruction but gain a lot more at the end. Though blacks gained some freedom they were voiceless in national affairs and found themselves living in sectional lives of poverty and little hope....
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- Spring '10
- Southern United States, Reconstruction era of the United States, Rutherford Hayes, republican Rutherford Hayes