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  •  coming: Reconstruction Month (2+ / 0-)
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    The deployment of the U.S. military was central to the establishment of Southern Reconstructed state governments and the suppression of violence against black and white voters. Reconstruction was a significant chapter in the history of civil rights in the United States, but most historians consider it a failure because the region became a poverty-stricken backwater and whites re-established their supremacy, making the Freedmen second-class citizens by the start of the 20th century. Historian Eric Foner argues, "What remains certain is that Reconstruction failed, and that for blacks its failure was a disaster whose magnitude cannot be obscured by the genuine accomplishments that did endure."

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 Acedia is essentially a flight from the world that leads to not caring even that one does not care

    by annieli on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 01:01:14 PM PDT

    •  "Confederate heritage" is a meaningless term. (2+ / 0-)
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      There is no positive Confederate heritage-- there is only the legacy of Confederate greed and folly. Confederates were so enamoured of slavery, so stubbornly committed to preserve and extend slavery, that they launched a civil war that ended in their ignominious defeat and cost 618,000 lives.

      Reconstruction did not fail-- it was just lifted decades too soon.

      •  The "Constitution" of the CSA was as empty (1+ / 0-)
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        of any actual, effective reality, as the idealistic promulgations of the avid young "Republicans" who promoted and supported George W. Bush, only to see that once in power, W. betrayed EVERYTHING they believed in.

        Upon secession, the South, of necessity, became the opposite of all their high blown rhetoric, becoming a despotic tyranny committed to a course of self-destruction.

        Love is like a hot, it burns you when it's stove. ~ Gwen Dibley

        by Fulgour on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 10:30:06 PM PDT

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    •  The problem with Reconstruction (6+ / 0-)

      We didn't see it through.

      Procrastination: Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.

      by Linnaeus on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 08:12:53 PM PDT

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      •  Amen to that... (3+ / 0-)
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        I wish we had treated the South like we treated Germany after WWII.  Reconstruction involved the Marshall Plan, but it also involved making sure that every single German understood the nature and extent of the crimes that they had committed, or had been committed in their name.

        It was harsh, but as a result, almost no Germans hold on to some variant of "lost cause" mythology.  A harsh dose of reality, an occupation, combined with generous infrastructure reconstruction - that allowed Germany to once again become a civilized part of Europe.

        France, UK, Poland... don't have to constantly push back on revisionist pro-Nazi WWII history the way we have to deal with Confederates in this country, over and over and over. Reconstruction failed, because the second the war was over, everyone seems to have wanted to forget it ever happened.

        “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

        by ivorybill on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 09:05:40 PM PDT

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          France, UK, Poland... don't have to constantly push back on revisionist pro-Nazi WWII history the way we have to deal with Confederates in this country, over and over and over.
          Neo-naziism is illegal in Germany, and holocaust denial is a crime in several countries.

          "with rights come responsibilities." Wrong. Responsibilities continue to exist even if you abdicate your rights.

          by happymisanthropy on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:14:59 AM PDT

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      •  The problem with reconstruction (0+ / 0-)

        was that Lincoln did not survive to start it. Instead, that task was left to Andrew Johnson, one of our worst presidents and about the most ill suited person to be charged with such a monumental task. It would have been hard enough for Lincoln to accomplish a successful reconstruction, let alone an ill tempered, self aggrandizing, Southern sympathizer. Unfortunately, Lincoln must shoulder some of the blame. He was certainly aware that there had been already some attempts on his life. There had been a few close calls before Booth et al, but he chose to live with a certain amount of denial of that possibility. Mary Lincoln was particularly concerned, and wrote of an incident where a bullet came through a window when they were away somewhere. Lincoln brushed it off as just a wayward shot probably from a hunter with poor aim. He really should have chosen a better vice-president, knowing that either by intent or just plain accident, he could die prematurely. By the time Grant became president, the situation was too far out of control for him to handle effectively. Come to think of it, we did not even have a half decent president again until, maybe  McKinley, and certainly not a great one until Teddy Roosevelt. Garfield might have been great, had he not been assassinated.

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