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    In what ways did blacks and whites respond to the end of slavery?
    What changes in race relations occurred as a result of emancipation?

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    The end of slavery, having been imposed on the South by the victorious
    <br>North at the end of the Civil War, was accepted by the South only by
    <br>force of arms where it was accepted, and rejected by force of arms in
    <br>the few quarters where it was still openly rejected.
    <br>Whites reacted differently to the end of slavery, depending on their
    <br>points of view with respect to the Reconstruction governments which
    <br>were established in the South after the Civil War.
    <br>Those favoring these governments, known as "carpetbaggers" (if they
    <br>were from the North) or "scalawags" (if they were from the South),
    <br>tended to view the end of slavery as a political opportunity, as it
    <br>was generally conceded that newly-enfranchised black voters would vote
    <br>in politicians that were favorable to the goals of Reconstruction.
    <br>Those opposing these governments tended to view the end of slavery
    <br>as an open door to corruption and mismanagement - indeed, many at the
    <br>time played upon a double meaning of the word "white" in forming
    <br>organizations such as the "White League", a group which was
    <br>simultaneously racist and anti-corruption (unsullied by the "dark
    <br>stains of corruption", in other words.) It was the view of such
    <br>anti-corruption movements that newly-enfranchised black voters, being
    <br>poorly educated (and, they would claim, incapable of being properly
    <br>educated) ...