The Long War

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At the end of the Civil War, the southern states were extremely troubled. As far as the economy goes, in was basically uncontrolled. It seems as though the southern states were affected much more negatively by the Civil War than the rest of the country. The country constantly debates on whether to use gold or silver, so the southern economy was pretty close to nonexistent. What worsens the southern economy even more is when General Lee surrendered at Appomattox. After the Civil War, the Unites States the United States owed over 2.85 billion in debts. Because the south has a nonworking economy, bartering becomes the only source in which southerners get what they need and want. At this point in time, the government gets burnt out on working with the south, and basically leaves them to sustain themselves. When McKinley becomes president, there were roughly 1.75 million children employed in the United States. The children in the south had to work and support their families, because the average family only earned about $411 a year. The south was in turmoil because of their economy, and the federal government informed them that only they are responsible for the debt the acquired during the Civil War. Because the south was in such ruins, it was necessary that they went under Reconstruction. Rather than the government, Reconstruction was placed in the hands of the United States’ military. Any decisions made by the state governments could be legally overruled by the military at this point in Reconstruction. When Reconstruction is over, and when the Union removes the military, they also remove any financial help that they were receiving, which worsens the southern economy even more. Obviously, civil rights was an extremely disliked issue in the south issue in this time in history. Southern whites definitely did not consider themselves and blacks as equal, which made…...

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