RECONSTRUCTION AND THE WEST
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?
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