essays - 1.Carpetbaggers northerners who came to south during reconstruction focused on economic development Scalawags southerners who supported

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1 .Carpetbaggers- northerners who came to south during reconstruction, focused on economic development Scalawags- southerners who supported reconstruction and republicans Birth of a Nation- depicts KKK as savior of south after Civil War, caricatured blacks, got protested by black civil right organizations. Gone With the Wind- blacks are content with slavery, incapable of independence. No KKK or cruelty to blacks,. Neither shows how reconstruction helped the south rebuild without slavery. Only show how the loss of slavery hurt them. Showed recon was a failure.     According to this interpretation illiterate blacks, newly freed from slavery and unable to govern themselves, were nevertheless given voting rights. Allied with “scalawags” (anti- Confederate Southern whites like the fictional Rhett Butler) and “carpetbaggers” (unscrupulous Northern whites), illiterate blacks took over Southern state governments and really screwed things up. According to myth, Reconstruction governments were corrupt failures. Let blacks vote who didn’t know what they were voting for, just for Republicans if they supported blacks. Capital loss of at least $3 billion by white southerners. Slaves 60% of wealth. 13 th no slavery, 14 th citizens, 15 th vote. 14 th meant states had to ratify their constitutions to include black voting. This lead to Grant winning and confirmed that Republican party would stay strong in south if they kept support of blacks.

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