We continue the historic tour of America written by Maj. Sjursen….this part is about the years after the defeat of the South the period known as “The Reconstruction”……
The country is less then 100 years old and the divisions had been the crash point for the Civil War….the time now for what some had called “a healing”……but in reality it was a “failed experiment”…..
Part 18 of “American History for Truthdiggers.”
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—…
Or does it explode?
—Langston Hughes (1951)
It was, perhaps, the greatest betrayal, the ultimate lost opportunity, in all of American history. The failure of Reconstruction (1865-77)—the reunion and reorganization undertaken after the Civil War—was a dark, yet briefly vibrant, moment in our collective past. This was a time of promises made but not kept, mainly promises to the newly freed slaves. The results of this lost opportunity for genuine civil rights and racial equality resonate in the present day.
Now we look at the Westward expansion after the war……forget all the crap you think you know about the “Old West”……