In his vivid, fast-paced narrative of the era now known as reconstruction, Budiansky illuminates the lives of five remarkable men, whose idealism in ...Show synopsisIn his vivid, fast-paced narrative of the era now known as reconstruction, Budiansky illuminates the lives of five remarkable men, whose idealism in the face of overwhelming hatred would not be matched for nearly a century. 8-page b&w photo insert.Hide synopsis
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The author does a good job of showing the Union military won the Civil War on the battlefield but Southern sympathizers in the government, as well as incompetent and uncaring officials provided white southerners to essentially re-enslave blacks within a decade after the war. This book covers incidents in South Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana in the main. Southerners inverted their morality, disenfranchising voters by murder. mayhem, threats, intimidation, ballot box stuffing and strange voting registration and requirements.
In fact many southern leaders admitted they 'took back their liberty' by fraud and violence. That is their liberty to treat blacks as essentially slaves. While during reconstruction public schools had been built, teachers obtained for blacks, that was all destroyed by Southern white 'rifle clubs.' The author provides partial biographies of some of the good men tried to stop the intimidation and how they tried to help the ex-slaves. Unfortunately it was not to be. In time the south, through the strenuous efforts of a public relations campaign, came to be viewed as the victim.
Twisting the truth and outright lies perverted history at the time and many fell for it. Maybe they had their own version of NEWSCORP.
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