Essay15 - RhettS.James MarcioCarvalheiro History170 Chapter15 October27,2008 1 AntiWealth .Townshadbeen

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AMERICAN CIVILIZATION UNITED STATES HISTORY 170 Rhett S. James Marcio Carvalheiro History 170 Chapter 15 October 27, 2008 Reconstruction and the New South 1. Anti – Wealth The South after the Civil War was a desolate place. Towns had been  gutted, plantations burned, fields neglected, bridges and railroads  destroyed. Many white Southerners stripped of their slaves through  emancipation and stripped of the capital they had invested in now  worthless Confederate bonds and currency had almost no personal  property. More than 258,000 Confederate soldiers had died in the war, and  thousands more returned home wounded or sick. Some white Southerners  faced starvation and homelessness. 1 2. Anti – Melting Pot Some blacks believed the only way to secure freedom was to have  the government take land away from white people, who owned virtually all  of it, and give it to black people, who owned virtually none. Others asked  only for legal equality, confident that they could advance successfully in  American society once the formal obstacles to their advancement  disappeared. But whatever their particular demands, virtually all former  slaves were united in their desire for independence from white control. 
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Essay15 - RhettS.James MarcioCarvalheiro History170 Chapter15 October27,2008 1 AntiWealth .Townshadbeen

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