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Reconstruction as Redemption

Reconstruction as Redemption

Chapter:
(p.11) One Reconstruction as Redemption
Source:
Beyond Redemption
Author(s):
Carole Emberton
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226024301.003.0002

The American Civil War problematized violence in new and frightening ways. Americans wondered if the war had so demoralized society that its violent reverberations may be felt when it was over. The war also implicated the government in perpetrating violence so brutal that it called the legitimacy of the war in question. As the country emerged from the devastation of the Civil War, violence became an expression of the citizens’ hopes and concerns for the nation. Most citizens were worried not only about the war’s impact on the defeated South, but also about its effects on their own society and the growing power of the federal government over the nation.

Keywords:   violence, federal government, south, civil war, legitimacy

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