U.S. History/Post-Civil War

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Chuck Taylor wrote at 2012-12-17 19:45:17
There were very important political changes after the war. Radical Republicans held military control of most of the South. Most southern white were denied the right to vote because of their participation in the rebellion. Blacks were granted the right to vote and many went from being slaves to government officials quite rapidly. Many of the white government officials of that time were northern Carpetbaggers that came from the north with the goal of either changing the local order, or living a better life for themselves. There were a number of attempts to grant property or to give education and training to the former slaves to give them a chance to have an better place in society. That political change, however, proved to be short lived. Within a few years, northerners were ready to end military occupation and allow southern whites to return to the control of their States. The numbers of black officials in government fell off quickly. This was sped along by efforts by the white majorities in the South to disenfranchise black voters through the use of poll taxes, literacy tests, and other methods.


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I can answer just about any question on early American History. My specialties are the American Revolution through the Civil War/Reconstruction. I also have greater expertise in matters relating to military, political or legal history.

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I have lectured at George Washington University regarding the Civil War, as well as several elementary school Civil War demonstrations. I was also a member of a Civil War reenactment group for about 10 years.

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J.D. University of Michigan B.A. George Washington University

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