HIST 119 - Lecture 24 - Retreat from Reconstruction: The Grant Era and Paths to "Southern Redemption"

Lecture 24 - Retreat from Reconstruction: The Grant Era and Paths to "Southern Redemption"

Overview

This lecture opens with a discussion of the myriad moments at which historians have declared an "end" to Reconstruction, before shifting to the myth and reality of "Carpetbag rule" in the Reconstruction South. Popularized by Lost Cause apologists and biased historians, this myth suggests that the southern governments of the Reconstruction era were dominated by unscrupulous and criminal Yankees who relied on the ignorant black vote to rob and despoil the innocent South. The reality, of course, diverges widely from this image. Among other accomplishments, the Radical state governments that came into existence after 1868 made important gains in African-American rights and public education. Professor Blight closes the lecture with the passage of the 15th Amendment, the waning radicalism of the Republican party after 1870, and the rise of white political terrorism across the South.

Assignment

Eric Foner, A Short History of Reconstruction, 1863-1877, chapters 5-10, pp. 82-216

William Gienapp, Civil War and Reconstruction: A Documentary Collection, part 3, pp. 317-376

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