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Reconstruction Era

In the immediate years following Reconstruction, most people viewed it as a failure. In recent decades, many historians have begun to reconsider this statement. Examine the social and political events that occurred during this time period. Then, identify and discuss an event that occurred during this time period and its immediate impact on Americans during that time.

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The popular view of the Reconstruction era held for a long time considered the period one of the greatest failures in American politics. Tales of Republican carpetbaggers and scalawags preying on financially ruined southerners dominated the literature. This portrayal in Margaret Mitchell's classic novel "Gone with the Wind" reinforced the image of strong ...

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The popular view of the Reconstruction era held for a long time considered the period one of the greatest failures in American politics. Tales of Republican carpetbaggers and scalawags preying on financially ruined southerners dominated the literature. This portrayal in Margaret Mitchell's classic novel "Gone with the Wind" reinforced the image of strong southern families trying to rebuild their lives after the war only to be thwarted by a corrupt government put in place by northerners.

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