New Life and Laws after the War of Northern Aggression

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After the War of Northern Aggression, the South was cast into chaos, as many whites were forced to confront their previous slaves as equals. The majority of white southerners were emotionally and economically crushed by the defeat of the Confederacy in 1865. Many of the largest and most successful Southern cities were destroyed during the Civil War. The South remained deeply rural for many years to come after the Civil War, developing a strong sharecropping culture that served as a widespread solution to the vast economic turmoil. Political factions, such as the Redeemers, were a conservative, pro-business extension to the Democratic Party that pursued the removal of carpetbaggers and scalawags throughout Reconstruction. Many laws were passed in Southern states that alienated African-Americans during Reconstruction, such as state passed voting laws. After the Civil War, the South was faced with a variety of social, economic, and political problems. Now that former slaves held more powers and privileges, upset whites southerners could not stomach the idea. White supremacist groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan, organized in an effort to suppress African-Americans and also in an effort to create a Solid South in order to avoid political controversy, in regards to their antebellum views on slavery. New political parties were formed that supported and condoned violent activist factions that terrorized both black and white Republican leaders during elections. The
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