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Old March 1st, 2018, 04:08 PM   #1
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Explain how and why poverty and white supremacy are foundations upon which the post-Civil War South was built. (Intellectual answers ONLY!!! PLEASE no negativity or race/status bashing!)
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Well, I donīt know the subject matter, but my field is social history and this question seems to ask - What difference did the war make? Itīs a common social history question.
What you tend to find with wars is that there is a lot of continuation between the pre-war and postwar period. Wars are not as revolutionary in changing societies as we might hope. Even WW2 did not change much in European society.
The best way to start this sort of writing is to write down your own questions and then try to answer them with background reading.
Make sure you start writing as soon as possible, because only when you are writing do doubts and confusion about the subject-matter emerge - then you have to go away and do more reading.

I would ask what difference the war made in terms of national poverty for the South. Was it wealthier or poorer after the conflict? How do we know it was poorer? Who said so at the time?
What difference did the war make to southern society? Was it a more turbulent period for society?
What did white people and black people say about this at the time? Do you have any sources? Do they all agree or differ in their own assessments? What did the important politics say at the time?

In other words, what sort of society emerged from the lost war? Which classes in society were most affected by the war?

I usually do this:
Write down my questions: try to answer my own questions with at least a paragraph.
I cut out any questions I cannot answer, but expand other answers into two paragraphs if I have material.
Finally, I put all the interesting things I have found out but cannot fit into my answers into a paragraph of miscellaneous observations near the end and then I write a conclusion of my findings.

Remember to say what you think. i.e. an informed personal opinion.

It is helpful if you can answer the essay title question with a clear statement in the last line of the essay.

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Explain how and why poverty and white supremacy are foundations upon which the post-Civil War South was built. (Intellectual answers ONLY!!! PLEASE no negativity or race/status bashing!)

It is customary to introduce yourself and explain your interest in the topic you are requesting help with. We are not here to do your homework for you.
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Simple answer is the rich property owners (those who were not ruined) were able to stir up the Poor Whites by reminding them that they could vote and at least they were not ex-Slaves. This coalition kicked the Reconstruction Governments out of the South. The Republicans also lost power as they were making sure the Freemen could now vote. Until at least the 1970's local White Democrats were able to be elected in Southern districts with lots of Black Voters.

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Why are we doing your homework for you?
Cause we're older and go less out for a pint of ale?

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Old March 8th, 2018, 02:02 PM   #7

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What difference did the war make to southern society? Was it a more turbulent period for society?
What did white people and black people say about this at the time? Do you have any sources? Do they all agree or differ in their own assessments? What did the important politics say at the time?

In other words, what sort of society emerged from the lost war? Which classes in society were most affected by the war?
Most capital in the South before the ACW was invested in Land and Slaves. There was not so much invested in railroads and plants. The profits in Slave Agriculture were less, but you could say that the investors preferred them.

Combat in the ACW trashed the plantations, rail roads and factories and a few towns. The Slaves walked away from their owners. Northern investors bought up the land, and industry and the profits went North and out of the region. It was not until WWII production that Southern Industry reached a level that it was before the ACW. In 1860 the most valuable property in terms of land worth was LaFourche Parish in Louisiana where they grew Sugar Cane.

Now the North has lost its edge in industrial development. You have steel mills in Texas and Florida and Aluminum mills in Louisiana. Heck, the Petroleum Refineries brought in plants that refined the Coke produced by the Refineries and it is shipped all over the world. All you need is cheap ore and limestone and you have a steel industry.

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