The New South and the Old West 1866-1890 (Discovering U.S. by Tim McNeese

By Tim McNeese

The tip of the Civil conflict introduced major swap to the USA. The warfare had destroyed the South, ushering in an age of rebuilding that created a brand new South unfastened from slavery and open to development and industrialization. yet a lot of the promise of the post-war South was once misplaced within the political warmth of Reconstruction. while, extra humans started to migrate to the outdated West. yet simply as Reconstruction and its aftermath finally didn't raise newly freed blacks out from less than white racism, so the settling of the West left millions of Indians dispossessed and defeated. the recent south and the outdated West: 1866-1890 takes readers on a trip during the efforts to reconstruct the ravaged South and the rush to create new existence within the promising land to the west of the Mississippi. getting to know U.S. background spans the complicated and dramatic background of the us from prehistoric occasions to the current day. via a compelling narrative, thought-provoking boxed insets, and energetic illustrations, each one quantity brings to lifestyles the folks and occasions that experience formed the state.

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The Reconstruction Act divided the South into five military districts under federal military control, with the intention of dismantling white-controlled state governments across the post-war South. indd 33 11/9/09 09:29:21 34 The New South and the Old West New Opportunities for Blacks During the dozen years that followed the war, the period of Reconstruction, blacks not only gained the right to vote, but also served in some of the highest elected offices in the land. Throughout the 1870s hundreds of black men were The eLecTIoNS oF 1868 No man emerged from the Civil War a greater hero to Northerners than General Ulysses S.

Indd 48 11/9/09 09:29:32 The Age of Jim Crow 49 AT EVERY TURN, A BARRIER Segregation seemed to know no bounds. It did not come on all at once, but in pieces, bit by bit. Even as late as 1885 a black attorney from the North, T. McCants Stewart, made a trip to Columbia, South Carolina, and found little discrimination or segregation. He wrote later to his fellow New Yorkers even of how pleasant he had found his visit to the South, stating, as historian Darlene Hine notes: I can ride in first class cars on the railroads and in the streets.

Indd 42 11/9/09 09:29:28 A Mixed Record 43 Sharecroppers In the South during Reconstruction, many poor families, black and white, became sharecroppers. A rich landowner assigned each family a piece of land on which they could build a small house and set up a farm. The croppers paid the owner a share of the value of their annual harvest—usually one third or one half of the total. The croppers were provided with tools and livestock by the owner, and they bought food, clothing, seeds, and fertilizer from a local merchant or plantation store.

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