Southern Reaction to the Republican Governments
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The postwar Republican governments in the South could not have existed without the presence and active support of the U.S. Army, which occupied the area as a conquered territory. The Republican regimes were a mixture of good and bad, altruistic and mercenary. Heedless of any positive motivations on the parts of the scalawags and carpetbaggers, Southern traditionalists fought back in several ways:
The South remained a region devastated by war, burdened by debt caused by misgovernment and demoralized by a decade of racial strife. Unfortunately, the pendulum of national racial policy swung from one extreme to the other. Whereas formerly the policy had supported harsh penalties against Southern white leaders, it now tolerated new and humiliating versions of discrimination against blacks. The last quarter of the 19th century saw a profusion of Jim Crow laws that segregated Southern society. In effect, the 14th and 15th Amendments had been nullified in the South.
Radical Republicans and Reconstruction
... Reconstruction The Radical Republicans Thaddeus Stevens and Charles Sumner The Republican Party was formed in 1854 by a merger of old Free-Soilers, antislavery Democrats, Liberal Whigs, and other political factions whose common theme was ...
The Radical Republicans and Reconstruction
All of these elected officials were Republicans. As a matter of fact, 80% of the Republican voters in the South were Black men. Because Blacks were in the majority throughout the South, Whites feared a complete take over of the political system ...
Civil Unrest in Camilla, Georgia, 1868 : Reconstruction, Republicanism, and Race
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