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(1) Redemption was a white Southern term used to describe the overthrow of the Northern Republican Reconstruction governments in the South and replacing them with Southern Democratic governments. (2) The South followed TWO paths to attain Redemption. PATH #1:(3) Outvote blacks where Southern whites outnumbered black folks. PATH #2:(4) Use the KKK to terrorize black folks into not voting in areas with a black majority. D. What was the Northern response to “Redemption” in the South? (1) The Northern response to “Redemption” was to let it happen. (2)WHY? 7. Americans in 1876 flocked to Philadelphia for the Centennial Exposition, a monument to the “Progress of the Age.” The attendance of nearly ten million represented over one-fifth of the population of the United States and the fair’s exhibits displayed a glorious array of products. New inventions, harbingers of vast changes in American life, abounded: the telephone, the typewriter, the
Originally written by Chris Miller Updated by Tony Saavedra 23 electric light, the internal combustion engine, etc. But the focus of public interest was the mighty Corliss steam engine. Weighing 700 tons and rising forty feet into the air, it symbolized the exposition’s theme: machines were remaking society, ushering in the era of technological progress and material abundance in which all Americans would share. However, the question of whom “all” represented and the idealism of the exposition itself was one of the ultimate ironies of this national celebration. Thus the year 1876 was significant for a number of reasons. FIRST, it was the nation’s centennial anniversary. By 1876 it appeared that Americans could really take pride in the words of the Declaration of Independence in light of the Civil War and the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15thAmendments seemingly guaranteeing black people both freedom and equality. SECOND, ironically and contrary to the spirit of the Centennial Exposition’s organizers, it marked the third year of a devastating depression which foreshadowed our nation’s first national strike in 1877, the Great Strike of 1877. This would be a very violent strike eventually put down by the combined forces of the corporate state. THIRD, it was the year that the Sioux nation rose up and defeated the U.S. Army at the memorable Battle of Little Big Horn. General Custer and his entire army were, in the eyes of white America, massacred by a primitive band of American Indians. It