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Deception And Mistrust In American History

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Reconstruction did not come to a complete end at 1877; the effects of the war have listed for generations, even until today. This is evident in the most recent chapter of Davidson and Lytle’s After The Fact: The Art of Historical Detection, which delves into the story of the millions of slaves that had recently been freed following the end of the American Civil War in 1865 through interviews of thousands of former slaves in the 1930s. Throughout the chapter, the authors explore the themes of deception and mistrust in both history and its re-telling in accounts of former slaves, plantation owners, and Union soldiers. As the Civil War was ending and the sound of Union guns neared Southern plantations, many slaves began to do one of two things: either remain outwardly faithful to their masters or run for freedom. A large amount of slaves chose to act faithfully because their masters told them stories of what monsters the Union soldiers were. Some slaves were even convinced that the Union soldiers looked like demons and were coming to the plantation with the sole intent of…show more content…
Historians have found that many people went out of their way to make sure black voices were not heard when recording history. In the South, legislatures did this by passing strict slave codes while slave-owners forbade their slaves from reading or writing. If a slave were caught by their master trying to read or write, they would be severely punished. This could lead to some of the inaccuracies in historical accounts of slavery because there were more blacks who had witnessed the harsh realities of slavery and not being allowed to speak of it than there were whites recording
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