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  •  See, I can't agree with your first point (1+ / 0-)
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    journeyman

    unless I'm not understanding you here: who are you saying equated punitive measures with racial equality?  The North, the South, historians, other ...?

    (I'm pretty sure your second-to-last point is dead-on, though: increased economic development and increased racial justice seem to correlate across the board, not just in Southern states, and it seems very unlikely that they're unrelated.)

    •  I would say that it was seen as punitive in the (0+ / 0-)

      South and came to be regarded that way in the North.

      The Civil Rights act of 1871 (which essentially crushed the KKK) was largely regarded as oppressive by Southern Whites. This led to the Compromise of 1877, the Posse Comitatus Act and the Jim Crow South.

      Essentially, this was the triumph of the so-called "redeemers" who very much regarded egalitarianism as punitive.

      In the aftermath of the Compromise of 1877, Southern Democrats held the South’s black community under increasingly tight control. Politically, blacks were gradually evicted from public office, as the few that remained saw the sway they held over local politics considerably decreased. Socially, the situation was worse, as the Southern Democrats tightened their grip on the labor force. Vagrancy and ‘anti-enticement’ laws were reinstituted. It became illegal to be jobless, or to leave a job before the contract expired. Economically, the blacks were stripped of independence, as new laws gave white planters the control over credit lines and property. Effectively, the black community was placed under a three-fold subjugation that was reminiscent of slavery.
      Troops out. Blacks down.

      There was a direct relationship between racial equality and punishment in the eyes of reactionary southern whites, and they did everything they could to eliminate the power and influence of the freedmen, whose political and social equality the regarded as anathema, a view which many northerners came to accept in the years after 1877.

      Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

      by journeyman on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 03:50:02 PM PDT

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      •  Okay, yeah, I follow you there. (0+ / 0-)

        But there were definitely punitive measures taken that were completely unconnected to racial equality, except possibly in the minds of the southern whites.

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