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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"

This video was recorded at HIST 119 - The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877. 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... Show More

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