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Running head: RECONSTRUCTION AND THE WEST 1 Reconstruction and the West HIS/120 April 15, 2014
RECONSTRUCTION AND THE WEST 2 Reconstruction and the West The post-Civil War South has been called the “New South.” In what ways did it succeed in reinventing itself? In what ways did it fail? The South For the south to be self-sufficient again it was going to take a lot of rebuilding and money. The war left the south completely devastated. The south succeeded in many ways in reinventing itself financially. The industrial expansion was a huge success because of the iron, steel, railroads, and textile industries emerging. In America, there were many factors that help change farming after the Civil War ended. The south had to regain and renew what had been lost during the war, so leaders realized it was time to look into industrialization (Trowbridge, n.d.). The farming industry would than expand because of the Industrial Revolution that brought many new inventions. Before the Civil War Cotton was a thriving, New South failed because it still was really just slavery, in a new form. (Notice how few jobs there are that pay 'colored’s' more than minimum wage, for example, and the rise of popularity of 'share cropping' where the work was assigned to the blacks and the profits were 'shared'.) Owners of

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