Reconstruction References
Posted: 15 November 2008 03:12 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I’ve come to the conclusion that, in order to prevent the next Reconstruction, they need to know about what happened during the Reconstruction people after the War Between the States. This topic will serve as a gathering point for all such information. Please feel free to post information you have or find in this topic.

Reconstruction As Viewed by a Northerner

“It does make a fellow sore to see what the Germans or Nazis have been doing to their captives, but a recent peek into an old Congressional document giving the minority report on the investigation of the original Ku Klux Klan reminds me that only 65 years and a few before that, we Americans of the Northern tier were doing pretty much the same to the people of the defeated and destitute South. We thought up more devilment to humiliate, persecute, and rob those Southern people, a marvelously brave and durable foe in war, our own nation and personal kin, than any of us are likely to remember now, if we ever know.”

“We sent among them some of the dirtiest grafters and common thieves that the human race has ever produced, to it’s shame. Hitler himself couldn’t out clever some of the nasty and remorseless ingenuities by which we taxed their property away and sneered their human rights and civic rights out of existence. The wonder is, not that the Southern politician waved the bloody shirt as long as they did, but that the Southern people ever did have the bigness of soul to forgive, forget, and cooperate again. It wasn’t only the awful, malicious brutality of what we did so much as the repulsive character of the swine whom our government selected to do it, all of them, incidentally, had good sound Anglo-Saxon and Aryan names, too.”——From a column by Westbrook Pegler, a Yankee columnist

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Posted: 15 November 2008 11:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Laurel,

A related note…

Faust - 06 November 2008 11:24 PM

MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour: Obama will start a “third reconstruction!”  tongue rolleye

Peniel Joseph, professor of history and African-American studies at Brandeis University said on the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour:

Peniel Joseph, Brandeis University: Well, certainly I think we all agree at this roundtable that this election shows the evolution of American democracy. As historians, we realize that that evolution is not always a linear progression.

So during the reconstruction era, for instance, we had the first generation of black elected officials, and then that time ended because of Jim Crow segregation. The civil rights movement became a second reconstruction, so to speak.

And now, 40 years later, I think many African-Americans are thinking of this as a potential third reconstruction. But white Americans and Latinos have joined them, as well, so this really speaks to the potential, in terms of democratic progression for the nation.1

He leaves out one detail the main reason for the large number of black elected officials during “reconstruction” was whites were not allowed to vote. We should note Obama lost the white vote see: The Vote by Race and Sex This new “reconstruction’s” aim is to destroy all European Civilization in the US. Rep. John Lewis said the victory of Obama is the final victory of the 1960’s revolution.

Also see:
Barack Obama, Bill Ayers and the Summerhill method of education

MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour: Obama will start a “third reconstruction!”

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Posted: 16 November 2008 12:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Yes, Faust…it was actually that post you made (in the other forum) that got me thinking in this direction. So thanks so much!

God bless,
Laurel

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“Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.”– Louis L’Amour

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Posted: 16 November 2008 02:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Decade after the Civil War was tense, painful for Florida
By Jim Robison | Sentinel Staff Writer
June 30, 2002

Here is an excerpt from the article at KnownSouthernHistory.net

A dozen years earlier John Milton, Florida’s governor during the Civil War, killed himself as Union troops prepared to take Tallahassee at the war’s end.

Shortly after that, Confederate Gen. Joseph Finegan, who in the closing campaigns of the war defeated the Union advance at the Battle of Olustee and denied Lincoln the Florida victory he wanted to rally pro-Union Floridians, lost his home in a federal tax sale. Nine years after Republicans in control of Congress and the White House allowed Florida to “conditionally” rejoin the Union, federal troops still occupied the state.

During those troubled years, Florida’s economy was at a standstill, writes historian Jerrell H. Shofner in his chapter of The New History of Florida.

In the first years after the fighting ended, the state had no civilian government. Florida was bankrupt. The tracks of the few railroads built before the war were in ruins. The Freedmen’s Bureau organized contracts for freed black field workers to sharecrop the former slave-labor cotton plantations of North Florida. The U.S. Army kept watch.

Finegan’s 1864 “victory” at Olustee had been short-lived. The war had ended a year later, and the federal government had seized hundreds of Confederate-owned plantations through tax sales and turned them over to freedmen and white Union loyalists. President Andrew Johnson eventually restored property ownership to Finegan and other former Confederates, “but the matter exacerbated the struggle over Reconstruction in Florida,” Shofner writes.

“The problem that rose is illustrated by the case of Confederate General Joseph Finegan’s home at Fernandina,” writes Shofner. “It was auctioned to Chloe Merrick of Syracuse, New York, for twenty-five dollars. Miss Merrick, who later married Republican Governor Harrison Reed, made the house into an orphanage for black children. When General Finegan marched home with President Johnson’s amnesty proclamation in hand and found little black children playing on his veranda and the U.S. Army guarding them, the tenuous peace of Fernandina was sorely tested.”

Finegan and other Confederates later won back their property, but many “native white Floridians” would take up arms against black suffrage.

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God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Heb. 6:10

“Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.”– Louis L’Amour

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Posted: 19 February 2009 10:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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A reconstruction reference:

  So, to address the perceptive question that Petraeus posed during the invasion: How does this end?

  Probably the best answer came from Charlie Miller, who did the first draft of policy development and presidential reporting for Petraeus. “I don’t think it does end,” he replied. “There will be some U.S. presence, and some relationship with the Iraqis, for decades. . . . We’re thinking in terms of Reconstruction after the Civil War.”

  The quiet consensus emerging among many who have served in Iraq is that U.S. soldiers will probably be engaged in combat there until at least 2015 — which would put us at about the midpoint of the conflict now.

They want me to be sympathetic to Iraqis don’t they?

Source: The war in Iraq isn’t over. The main events may not even have happened yet.
The war in Iraq isn’t over. The main events may not even have happened yet.

By Thomas E. Ricks
Sunday, February 15, 2009; B01
Washington Post

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