focused their hatred on the lower class whites who rode patrol and enforced slave curfews, often with excessive force and sadistic pleasure” (pg. 97, Genovese.) As slaves the poor whites were those that beat them excessively and managed the fields and crops with whips in their hands. The compassion grew when they saw the impact the war had on the poor whites, slaves believed that the poor whites received the brunt of the war for fighting to protect the wealthy interests, while receiving nothing in return. Many former slaves went to the legislature and political figure to plead the poor whites treatments, most believed the poor whites suffered equally economically, and struggled to survive post war. The black and whites relationship however was kept to the fields, late night socializing and poker games. As the south progressed post reconstruction the racial tensions were still very strong and remained so as the south regained speed economically and socially. Works Cited: Genovese, Eugene. Rather Be a Nigger Than A Poor White Man. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 97-100. Print.Hobbs, Jolene, and Larry Fagen, eds. Introduction to Southern Studies. N.p.: Rather Be A Nigger Than APoor White Man, n.d. 97-100. Print.
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