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06 March 2006
  Homework For Tuesday, March 7, 2006
Continue with reading Donald, Chapters 24-25 & Gienapp, pp. 377-418. Emily Doyle will summarize.

Two Questions:

1) Ulysses S. Grant affirmed the loyalty of southern whites late in 1865, while Missouri Senator Carl Schurz found there to be an “entire absence of that national spirit which forms the basis of true loyalty and patriotism.” Which came closer to getting at the reality of white southern attitudes towards the reunited American nation-state after the Civil War?

2) The process of economic Reconstruction in the South involved reconciling the fundamentally competing economic interests of the freedpeople and white southern landowners. The job of the Freedmen’s Bureau agent, in part, was the mediate between the landed class and the agricultural working class and to help implement a free labor system in the South. How did the Freedmen’s Bureau fare in this difficult task? (see Gienapp, 382-384, for example)? Did the Bureau agents tend to ally with one group more than another? What, ultimately, was the effect of the Freedmen’s Bureau in the South?
 
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