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By David M. Kennedy

This unique fundamental resource reader makes a speciality of political, diplomatic, and social heritage, offering files that come with commute literature, spiritual sermons, newspaper articles, courtroom testimony, and diary entries. an excellent spouse for the yankee competition, this ebook can be utilized with any U.S. historical past survey textual content.

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Patiently waiting, however, and believing that when the passions of the hour have passed away this delay in representation will cease. . My own opinion is, that these terms ought not to be offered as conditions precedent. . It would be best for the peace, harmony, and prosperity of the whole country that there should be an immediate restoration, an immediate bringing back of the States into their original practical relations; and let all these questions then be discussed in common council. Then the representatives from the south could be heard, and you and all could judge much better of the tone and temper of the people than you could from the opinions given by any individuals.

Leigh, Ten Years on a Georgia Plantation Since the War (London: R. Bentley and Sons, 1883), pp. 268–292 (Appendix). 22 Chapter 22 The Ordeal of Reconstruction, 1865–1877 I recollect at the beginning of 1870 being at Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, and paying a visit to the State House there, when a discussion was going on with respect to a large grant which was to be made for the building of the Alabama and Chattanooga Railway, the real object of which was to put money into the pockets of certain carpetbaggers, who, in order to gain their object, had bribed all the Negroes to vote for the passing of the bill.

In fact, there was pity among the slaves for our former owners. The wild rejoicing on the part of the emancipated coloured people lasted but for a brief period, for I noticed that by the time they returned to their cabins there was a change in their feelings. The great responsibility of being free, or having charge of themselves, of having to think and plan for 8 Chapter 22 The Ordeal of Reconstruction, 1865–1877 themselves and their children, seemed to take possession of them. It was very much like suddenly turning a youth of ten or twelve years out into the world to provide for himself.

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